209 Pilots Recalled By Southwest (LUV) As Travel Demand Improves
If you work in the aviation or tourist sector and may be out of a job since last year, the good news is coming your way. As the vaccines and other measures are being put in place we see bouncing back of the travel world and we are all sure to be flying soon.
Southwest Airlines Co. has recalled 209 pilots from a voluntary extended leave program as it prepares to meet the anticipated increase in travel demand during the summer season. With more Americans getting vaccinated, airlines are increasingly optimistic about the uptick in air travel demand.
The Reuters report states that pilots will resume active status from Jun 1 and complete the necessary requalification training requirements before they start flying.
Last month, Southwest, carrying a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), announced a major summer service expansion. It will begin flights to Myrtle Beach, SC from Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Nashville, TN; Dallas, TX, and Pittsburgh, PA in May. From June onward, the carrier will connect Myrtle Beach with Atlanta, GA; Columbus, OH, and Indianapolis, IN.
Additionally, the carrier will begin nonstop services to 37 cities from Austin, TX this summer. The airline may schedule also includes other nonstop services to prominent destinations. The boosted summer service is aimed at addressing “closer-in demand for leisure destinations”.
Thanks to the improved travel demand scenario as the economy continues to recover, United Airlines, carrying a Zacks Rank #3, announced plans to resume pilot recruitment.