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Southwest CEO 'hopeful' for more airline aid despite Washington impasse - CNBC interview

FILE PHOTO: Airline executives speak after a meeting at the White House in Washington
FILE PHOTO: Airline executives speak after a meeting at the White House in Washington

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines <LUV.N> Chief Executive Gary Kelly said on Wednesday he is "hopeful" that Washington lawmakers can reach an agreement on more aid for airlines, despite a deadlock over coronavirus relief.

"There's an impasse and we're just obviously hoping that a larger COVID bill will move with a payroll support aspect continuing for the airlines," Kelly told CNBC, adding that there's "very broad support to avoid furloughs in the airline industry and extend the payroll support program through the end of March."

(Reporting by Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)