AFA Statement on United Airlines NYC Capacity Reduction

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 4, 2020) — Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) President Sara Nelson, representing 50,000 Flight Attendants at 20 airlines including United, released the following statement on United Airlines capacity reduction in the New York City area:

"We applaud United Airlines' move to essential service only out of Newark and LaGuardia. This is what we've been calling for, and what should be happening across the system. 

"Our first job is to stop the spread of the virus. Aviation has a role to play in that but there’s a clear line. Essential service to our communities is important, but not one flight more than necessary. Lives first. Continued jobs and paychecks make it possible to keep the industry intact so we can take off again once the virus is contained."

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The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO represents 50,000 Flight Attendants at 20 airlines. AFA is the union that has advanced the Flight Attendant profession for 74 years, beating back discrimination and improving wages, benefits, working conditions, and aviation safety, health and security in the aircraft cabin. AFA also partners with the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at

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