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.
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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.
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