Avis Budget Group says airport furloughs will continue indefinitely due to the pandemic; conditions have not improved “to the degree we had hoped.’’

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A drop in air travel is bringing more bad news for people with jobs tied to Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

Avis Budget Car Rental recently announced that 19 employees at Ford airport will have furloughs extended indefinitely. 

Nearly 160 workers in support positions at the airport, ranging from baggage handlers to car shuttlers to food workers, have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

RELATED: Ford airport loses 55 jobs due to economic impact of coronavirus on travel

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority has also reduced staff

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