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American Airlines offers bonuses, higher pay for peak holiday hours -Breaking


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(Reuters) – American Airlines (NASDAQ) offers bonuses and higher wages up to 30% to holiday workers. This is in an effort to boost staffing for the busiest times of the year.

American announced Friday that employees eligible for the premium will get a 150% bonus for work hours falling during peak holiday times. A 300% premium will be paid to certain employees who are not absent between Nov. 15- Jan. 2.

It comes just days after the United States removed travel restrictions that had been in place for most of the world during the pandemic. This was due to months of waiting, which led to an increase in bookings.

The number of travel bookings to the United States for the holiday season is also increasing rapidly according to data from airlines and other industry sources. This could be because COVID-19 vaccination rates are decreasing and COVID-19 cases have been reduced.

American Airlines will hire 4,000 employees in the fourth quarter of 2011, said COO David Seymour in separate memo sent to all members.

Seymour stated that “on the staffing front we are welcoming back many of our team members” and were actively onboarding new employees.

According to the memo, nearly 1,800 flight attendants returned to work in November. 800 additional are due to arrive in December.

It also stated that it would offer a $1,000 bonus for members who attend the meeting in perfect attendance from Nov. 15 to Jan. 2. It is applicable to both flight instructor training and flight simulator engineering teams as well as fleet members.

Additionally, members who work in peak times will receive one-half of their daily pay.

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