Delta Air Lines announced Monday that it expects 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 mid-year as bookings began to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, starting with about 75 pilots from June to August.
“This is exciting news for both pilots looking to join Delta and those of you who are already on the seniority list as it means career opportunities as we recover, planned retirement of pilots and the position for the network expansion is taken into account, “said John Laughter, chief of operations, said in a memo seen by CNBC.
The airline plans to further recover air traffic and avoid staffing problems. Delta canceled hundreds of flights over Thanksgiving and Christmas because not enough pilots were ready to fly.
Over the weekend, American Airlines canceled more than 300 flights due to staff shortages and other issues, and announced that it would cut its flight schedule by around 1% by mid-July to avoid straining operations.
Delta announced to pilots Monday that it would add 13 crew schedulers and one supervisor to answer calls and questions from pilots.
American, United Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and other airlines have resumed or plan to resume hiring pilots this year. The start of the pandemic halted hiring plans last year as airlines encouraged thousands of employees to take hires, leave of absence, or other voluntary options.
Congress approved $ 54 billion in federal aid to airlines in exchange for employees not on voluntary leave.