Delta hires 1,000 pilots by next summer as travel demand returns – .

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Delta hires 1,000 pilots by next summer as travel demand returns – .


A pilot watches a plane after exiting a Delta Airlines flight at Ronald Reagan National Airport on July 22, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia.
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Delta Air Lines told staff on Monday it planned to hire more than 1,000 pilots by next summer, the latest move by an airline to meet a rebound in travel demand.
Delta announced in April that it would resume hiring in the middle of the year as bookings began to recover from the pandemic coronavirus crisis, starting with around 75 pilots from June to August.

“This is exciting news both for the pilots who wish to join Delta and for those of you already on the seniority list, as it means opportunities for career advancement as we continue our recovery. pilot retirements scheduled and heading for network expansion, ”John Laughter, chief operating officer, said in a memo seen by CNBC.

The carrier plans a continued resumption of air transport and avoid staff problems. Delta canceled hundreds of flights over Thanksgiving and Christmas because it didn’t have enough pilots ready to fly.

Over the weekend, American Airlines canceled more than 300 flights due to staff shortages and other issues, and said it planned to cut its schedule until mid-July by about 1% to avoid straining its operations.

Delta told pilots on Monday that it would add 13 crew planners and a supervisor to answer calls and questions from pilots.

American, United Airlines, Spirit Airlines and other carriers have restarted or plan to resume hiring pilots this year. The onset of the pandemic halted hiring plans last year, when airlines encouraged thousands of employees to take buyouts, time off or other voluntary options.

Congress approved $ 54 billion in federal aid for airlines in return for not involuntarily taking employees off, according to the funds the airlines would help them stay on staff for a possible resumption of travel.

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