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Nnew York: American Airlines is notifying 25,000 workers that they could be furloughed beginning October 1, although the number of layoffs may be minimized through voluntary programs, executives said Wednesday.

The major US carrier will have more than 20,000 more workers on payroll than needed due to a profound downturn in business caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Chief Executive Doug Parker and President Robert Isom said in a memo to employees.