FOX Business Flash top headlines for March 25
Here are your FOX Business Flash top headlines for March 25.
Alaska Airlines is offering pay incentives to flight attendants to combat the COVID-related staffing challenges amid another busy travel season.
"Like many other airlines, we are facing general staffing challenges," Alaska Airlines told FOX Business in a statement. "In response, we’re offering flight attendants pay incentives to fill gaps in staffing for a short period of time this spring."
The carrier declined to elaborate on how much extra flight attendants were being compensated.
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Major U.S. airlines were losing an incredible number of staff members amid the surge in omicron cases, which happened to coincide with the bustling holiday travel season. This, on top of significant weather challenges this winter, forced many U.S. passenger carriers to cancel or delay thousands of flights.
In January, Shane Tackett, the chief financial officer of Alaska Airlines parent company, Alaska Air Group, told investors during an earnings call that in order to "move from 80% to 85% of pre-COVID flying to 100% and then beyond, we must staff up early, given the throughput capacity of our hiring and training infrastructure."
Ahead of the spring and summer seasons, which is typically another busy time for the travel industry, Alaska Airlines said it hired 165 new flight attendants.
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