Delta Airlines staff are set to get their first pay rise since 2019 as the company recovers after Covid-19.

The company says most of its 75,000 employees can expect a 4 percent pay rise as bookings continue to increase.

The Airlines were hugely hit by the pandemic which has resulted in record losses for all the major carriers.


Bookings are on the rise again, particularly for domestic leisure travel, as carriers scramble to hire and train new employees to meet surging travel demand.

To attract workers in a tight labor market and amid high inflation, airlines such as Southwest Airlines and United Airlines have raised minimum wages or offered to hire bonuses.

A Delta spokesman said the increases are part of regular, base pay raises the company offered employees before Covid hit.

Delta’s CEO, Ed Bastian, said: The airline still expects an overall loss in the first quarter because of omicron’s impact on staffing and travel early this year. The company forecasts a profit for the month of March.

“We’ve come a long way since the darkest days of 2020, the airline is “optimistic” that it can generate a profit this year.”

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA last week wrote to Delta cabin crew members noticing they haven’t received a pay increase since 2019.

AFA wrote in a post on its website after the pay increases were announced that “As long as Delta Flight Attendants are without a contract, like management at Delta has for themselves, promises can change,” after the pay increases were announced.

An airline spokesman said: “Delta has a long track record of taking care of our people, and as the CEO said, this is a well-deserved base pay increase for our people who continue to excel at safely taking care of our customers with a travel experience that sets us apart,”.

The pay increase does not apply to Delta pilots.

Source: CNBC

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