Spirit Airways (NYSE:SAVE) is planning to begin coaching new pilots and flight attendants as early as subsequent month because the price range service positions itself for a journey rebound after the pandemic stoop.
“We’ll be an enormous hirer once more,” CEO Ted Christie stated Thursday. “Progress within the airline business goes to be on the leisure finish, and we’re the first server of that visitor.”
Christie stated the airline plans to rent for different positions as nicely this yr. One other spokesman stated Spirit final skilled a category of latest pilots in Might and new flight attendants final February.
The service declined to say what number of staff it plans so as to add this yr. It ended final yr with 8,756 staff, together with 2,497 pilots and 4,028 flight attendants, in line with a securities submitting.
The airline can also be calling again some staff who took leaves of absence, packages that helped keep away from involuntary furloughs of unionized staff, who make up the majority of its workers.
A few of these staff, like pilots, may also want to satisfy federally mandated coaching necessities earlier than returning to the job.
Spirit misplaced $428.7 million in 2020, its first annual internet loss since a minimum of 2007. U.S. airways collectively misplaced greater than $34 billion final yr due to the pandemic, which executives name the business’s worst-ever disaster.
Spirit, like others, is now hoping that the rollout of vaccines will assist spur a revival in air journey. The airline expects to get again to 2019 capability ranges by midyear.
SAVE shares had been nonetheless on the tarmac Friday, caught at $30.01.