Southwest Airways Co. is rising time beyond regulation pay, together with providing double-time pay for flight attendants, in an effort to move off potential staffing crunches in the course of the Fourth of July journey weekend.
Southwest’s operation has been snarled by technical snafus and a run of unhealthy climate in latest weeks. The airline canceled lots of of flights over the weekend and Monday as extreme thunderstorms hit a few of its busiest airports, together with Denver, Chicago, St. Louis and components of Florida.
Airline executives mentioned they hoped the additional pay would encourage staff to select up shifts or work extra journeys within the first week of July. Flight attendants are eligible to earn double-time for selecting up open journeys throughout that interval, based on a memo Monday from Sonya Lacore, vice chairman of inflight operations. The memo was beforehand reported by CNBC.
Southwest may also supply double-time pay to ground-operations brokers and cargo brokers who choose up additional shifts throughout the identical interval, a spokesman mentioned.
The transfer is the most recent signal of the challenges airways are dealing with in maintaining with the rapid rise in travel demand this summer, which has made extra typical disruptions resembling climate tougher to handle. American Airways Group Inc., which has confronted comparable points, mentioned earlier this month that it might pare again its July flying in an effort to alleviate potential strains on its operations.