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Southwest Airlines recalls over 2,700 flight attendants from voluntary leave to support its summer schedule. The airline also states it has ended a similar voluntary break for 209 pilots already.
The flight attendants that have been paid 50% of their regular salaries during the furlough period are returning to work on June 1. They are among more than 12,000 Southwest employees who entered extended leave programs after the pandemic outbreak.
“The intended flight attendant recall, as with the recent pilot recall, is to position Southwest for planned flight increases in the summer schedule,” said Southwest spokesman Brian Parrish in a statement. “The flight increases are based upon the improvements in leisure travel demand that the airline recently reported.”
The airline has more than 111,000 flights scheduled for the beginning of summer, only slightly less than it had in June 2019 before the industry slump, according to data tracker Diio by Cerium.