Spirit Airlines plans to begin hiring new pilots and flight attendants starting in March as the low-cost carrier prepares for a spike in travel.
“We’re going to be hiring a lot again. The growth in the airline industry is going to be in leisure, and we are the primary servant to that traveler,” said CEO Ted Christie.
The airline declined to say how many employees it plans to add this year. It ended 2020 with 8,756 employees, of which 2,497 were pilots and 4,028 flight attendants, according to a securities filing.
The airline is also recalling some workers who took furloughs, programs that helped avoid involuntary layoffs of unionized workers, who make up the majority of its workforce, CNBC reviewed.
“Our training capacity is limited, so it has to be staggered,” Christie said of the company’s hiring plans.
Spirit, like others, is now hoping that the vaccine rollout will help spur a revival in air travel. The airline expects to return to 2019 capacity levels by mid-year, Christie added.
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