United became the first commercial airline to fly the first FDA-approved Covid vaccines to the United States.
Source: United Airlines
“In light of increasing customer demand and our current outlook for the future, we are pleased to announce that we will not have to take any flight attendants assigned to active, open in-flight bases on leave this fall if the current funding is provided by Payroll Support Program (PSP) will end on October 1st, “wrote John Slater, Senior Vice President of Inflight Services, to United’s approximately 23,000 flight attendants. “This news is a great relief to many of our flying partners who faced an uncertain future.”
Airport operations and customer service agents received similar memos on Friday, reviewed by CNBC, stating that United will “not take them on leave” when the final round of assistance expires.
“As vaccination rates in the US continue to rise as the rate of infection decreases, more countries are reopening to vaccinated visitors,” United said in a statement. “Given the current prospect for United’s future, we continue to move towards full frontline staff to support our operations.”
United told shopkeepers who work with mechanics that the airline expects to offer a “sufficient” number of permanent positions before the aid expires on October 1.
“Providing these positions at short notice enables you to make informed decisions and should help minimize unnecessary changes,” the memo to this working group said.
The airline is adding 480 flights this month.
Airlines have received $ 54 billion in federal aid since the beginning of the year, mostly in the form of grants the coronavirus pandemic, in return for the fact that no jobs or wages are cut, even though thousands of workers have been accepted Purchases or other voluntary leave with reduced or no wages to help airlines reduce labor costs Request from companies.