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Delta Air steps up hiring to deal with increased demand for air travel

Stock Markets Aug 31, 2021 12:51PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Delta Air Lines Airbus A350-900 plane takes off from Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia, October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo

By Rajesh Kumar Singh

CHICAGO (Reuters) -Delta Air Lines on Tuesday said it would hire 1,500 new flight attendants in anticipation of an increase in demand for air travel next summer.

The announcement comes as many airlines struggle to keep up with a recovery in air travel and are grappling with staff shortages.

Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) last week said it would run fewer flights through the end of the year as a result of a staffing crunch, which disrupted its operations this summer and led to flight delays and cancellations.

Delta Air, too, had to cancel about 100 flights in April due to staff shortages. But a company spokesperson said the airline's operations since have been relatively smooth.

In July, the carrier's average daily departures totaled 4,377 compared with 2,009 in April.

Including the 1,500 flight attendants hired in early 2020 before the pandemic, Delta aims to have 3,000 new flight attendants to support operations next summer. It is also hiring 1,200 pilots.

"The need here is to support future flying," the spokesperson said.

Since May, Delta Air has made full vaccination a condition of employment for new hires. On Tuesday, it reiterated that policy, saying all new hires, including current Delta employees who have been accepted into the training program for flight attendants, must be fully vaccinated before their training start date.

Last week, the company said employees who choose not to be vaccinated will have to pay $200 extra per month for their company-sponsored healthcare plan.

Delta Air steps up hiring to deal with increased demand for air travel
 

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Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy Aug 31, 2021 12:55PM ET
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They are hiring because a lot of people leaving because of their vaccine mandate.  Say it right, Reuters
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Response shows uneducated noise as Delta has no requirement for existing employees to be vaccinated.
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Me comment  Next time educate yourself before respodning. https://thepointsguy.com/news/delta-air-lines-vaccine-requirement-surcharge/
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Requiring new employees an not existing sounds like discrimination to me.
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the vacs didnt work as i told you, its only graphene and JAPAN exposed pliz open your 👁👁
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franco you DNS
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In Israel majority of population is vaccinated yet Covid is surging wildly
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uneducated again vaccines don't stop infections but reduce effect less hospitalizations, ICU stays and death. isreal has had about 45 hospitalizations with their new surge.
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Me comment did you get your booster shot?
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the neo Nazis
 
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