, 2022-12-10 09:00:00,
Spirit Airlines is seeking a solution to retain its pilots by offering big raises in a new tentative contract. The ultra-low-cost carrier reportedly offered a cumulative weighted average pay raise of more than 40% to pilots on Friday.
The proposed deal comes as airlines across the US are working fast to hire more pilots. It is Spirit’s latest strategy this year to combat the ongoing pilot shortage that the industry has experienced since strict pandemic travel restrictions were lifted, allowing demand to skyrocket.
A pay bump for pilots
According to Reuters, Spirit detailed the contract in a memo sent on Friday. The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the union representing Spirit’s pilots, said the deal would raise cumulative weighted average pay for first officers to 43%. Comparatively, captains would see an increase of 25% over two years. The deal would raise cumulative weighted average pay rates by 34% for Spirit’s pilots overall.
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The ALPA also said the two-year agreement would give pilots an economic gain of $463 million or 27%. Pilots are set to vote on the deal; if approved, it will become effective on January 1st. The ALPA reportedly has roadshows planned to start next week to generate support for the contract. A voting date has not been shared.
Different from previous contracts
Spirit’s pilot union head Ryan Muller spoke about the tentative deal in a…
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