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Millions of aviation jobs at risk, airlines beg for govt support: IATA

Reuters logo Reuters 7/4/2020
a red and white plane sitting on top of a runway: FILE PHOTO: American Airlines planes are parked at the gate during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Washington © Reuters/Joshua Roberts FILE PHOTO: American Airlines planes are parked at the gate during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Washington

LONDON (Reuters) - Global airlines said 25 million jobs across the world could be at risk from the coronavirus travel downturn, as the industry's representative body launched a plea for urgent government support amid warnings that carriers are running out of cash.

a fighter jet sitting on top of a runway: FILE PHOTO: The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bournemouth © Reuters/Paul Childs FILE PHOTO: The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bournemouth

Global air travel slumped by 70% at the beginning of the second quarter, the International Air Transport Association told an online news conference on Tuesday, with European flights down 90%.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher, Sarah Young and Laurence Frost; editing by John Stonestreet)

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