Journey restoration: United plans to rent round 300 new pilots | Illinois Information
CHICAGO (AP) – United Airlines announced on Thursday that around 300 pilots will be hired. This is yet another sign that airlines are more confident that the number of travel will continue in recent times.
The airline plans to initially hire pilots who received conditional vacancies or canceled a class for new hires last year as the industry was hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
“With vaccination rates increasing and the demand for travel increasing, I am pleased to announce that United will resume the pilot recruitment process that was halted last year,” said Bryan Quigley, United’s senior vice president of flight operations in Chicago, towards the staff.
Nearly 1,000 United pilots have retired or volunteered since September. The federal payroll for airlines blocked vacation days. Quigley said United’s need for new pilots will depend on the airline’s recovery from the pandemic.
Airlines report that bookings have increased in recent weeks, and the government says that at least 1 million travelers a day have passed airport checkpoints for the past three weeks. Still, US air traffic fell almost half as much compared to the same period in 2019.
Scott Kirby, United CEO, said this week that domestic vacation travel demand has “recovered almost entirely,” but critical business and international travel remains deeply depressed.
United’s hiring plans were previously reported by CNBC.
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