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US Begins aid payments to airlines; American, Delta and United among first recipients

The U.S. government has made the first $2.9 billion in payroll assistance to airlines, beginning the flow of sorely needed funds from the coronavirus pandemic bailout package.

Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines were among the 56 companies that received their first payments on April 20, according to the Treasury Department. Airlines and other related companies, like ground handling and maintenance firms, are eligible for the funds.

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