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Friday, 01 July 2022 02:25 GMT

At Texas airport, 1,300 Southwest Airlines pilots are protesting low pay and excessive hours


(MENAFN) More than 1,300 Southwest Airlines pilots protested at a Dallas airport on Tuesday, claiming that the carrier is overworking and understaffing them.

The demonstration took place at Dallas Love Field, where Southwest Airlines and the pilots' union, Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, have been negotiating a new contract for the past two years.

The pilots held placards that said, "Our passengers and pilots deserve more" and "Summer of Luv: delayed, postponed, cancelled," in reference to an increase in cancelled flights as the summer travel season approaches.

Flight delays and cancellations have escalated in recent months as the airline sector struggles to satisfy growing travel demand as COVID-19 restrictions relax throughout the world.

While the whole industry is hurting from the pilot shortage, SWAPA claims Southwest Airlines' faulty pilot scheduling procedures have exacerbated the problem.

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