Delta Air Lines Inc will need a minimum of 3, 000 of its approximately 20, 000 flight family and friends to take unpaid leave associated with four to 12 months, or even consider other options, to avoid unconscious furloughs, a person with understanding of the matter said on Fri.

Airlines are usually suffering their worst problems in history due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which decimated flights demand and crushed the particular U. S. economy within the second quarter.

The fallout has place tens of thousands of airline jobs in danger as carriers warn a market recovery could take many years.

Atlanta-based Delta last month reported the 91 percent plunge within second-quarter revenue and a $3. 9 billion adjusted pre-tax loss.

Delta would need at least 3, 500 of its roughly 20, 500 flight attendants to take past due leave of up to 12 months, amongst other options outlined in a memo reported earlier by CNBC.

A person along with direct knowledge of the matter verified the contents of the memo to Reuters. A representative designed for Delta did not immediately react to a Reuters request for opinion.

Delta informed pilots last month it could avoid furloughs if they decided to reduced guaranteed minimum pay out.

More than seventeen, 000 workers at Delta, which had more than 91, 000 employees in 2019, are taking voluntary departure deals, including more than 1, seven hundred of 7, 900 fliers, Reuters reported last 30 days.

Simply by Ankit Ajmera and Eric M. Johnson