St. Louis Public Radio News
2:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2003

Missouri Chamber of Commerce Pushes for Airline Aid

St. Louis, MO – The Missouri Chamber of Commerce says the economic troubles affecting the airline industry could have a devastating impact on the state.

The Chamber has sent letters to Missouri's congressional delegation this week, asking them to support proposals that would give the ailing airlines more than 3 billion-dollars in aid. Chamber President Dan Mehan says he hopes lawmakers will take action soon.

Aviation in this country and in this state is vital to our economic well-being," Mehan said.

American Airlines says it is losing millions of dollars a day and is seeking concessions from its labor unions, which could result in hundreds more St. Louis layoffs.