Spirit Airlines to triple flight attendant pay through Jan. 4 -union -Breaking
(Reuters) – Spirit Airlines (NYSE:) Inc flight attendants receive triple pay in January for work completed through Jan. 4. This comes as Inc struggles to preserve its schedules following a week of cancellations at major U.S. airlines.
Holiday season is marred by cancelled or delayed flights. This creates chaos at U.S. airports and increases the risk of sick staff. Pilots and cabin staff are being forced to give up overtime due to the potential of handling unruly passengers.
According to FlightAware.com, this hesitancy combined with poor weather and tight staffing has caused over 8,000 cancellations in the last eight days.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA stated in a statement that all flight attendants will receive 200% for every pairing touching Dec. 28 to Jan. 4. According to Spirit Airlines’ most recent annual filing, the union was responsible for approximately 4,000 flight attendants.
Reuters reached the company but did not receive a response immediately.
Spirit Airlines in Florida had to cancel close to 3,000 flights this year because of severe weather and staff shortages.
JetBlue Airways Corp. (NASDAQ) stated Thursday in a customer notice that 75% of their crew is based within the U.S. Northeast. The region was hard hit by COVID-19. It has already reduced its flight schedule by 1,280 to Jan. 13.
Alaska Air (NYSE: Group Inc.) Group Inc claimed that although the pandemic affected their operations, the majority of cancellations or delays were caused by bad weather.
According to the AFA, last week, the airline agreed to provide some benefits, including pay protections for any assignments on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, as well as pay protections in the event of any redeployments.
Hawaiian Airlines claimed that they had never offered any incentives for its employees to work in the holidays.
SkyWest (NASDAQ:) Airlines stated that its operations were still being affected by weather conditions and Omicron, an invasive variant of the Omicron virus. This is causing unprecedented cases in the United States.
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