United was the first commercial airline to fly the first FDA-approved Covid vaccines to the United States
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United Airlines told more than 40,000 employees on Friday that their jobs would be safe when federal Covid-19 aid to the sector expires this fall due to a rebound in travel demand.
The rebound in bookings, spearheaded mostly by U.S. vacationers, has encouraged airlines including United, American, Delta and Spirit to make plans to resume hiring pilots.
“With soaring 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 Payroll Support Program funding is available (PSP) ends October 1, “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.
“If you make these positions available to you at short notice, you can make better informed decisions and minimize unnecessary changes,” says the memo to this working group.
The airline is adding 480 flights this month.
Airlines have received $ 54 billion in federal aid, mostly in the form of grants, since the coronavirus pandemic began, in exchange for not cutting jobs or wage rates, despite thousands of workers accepting buyouts or other voluntary time off with reduced or no pay to help airlines cut labor costs at the request of companies.