November 30, 2023

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-73V jet leaves Midway International Airport in Chicago, Illinois on April 6, 2021.

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Airlines spent much of the last year worrying about having too many people busy after the demand for travel dropped. Now they are trying to avoid the opposite problem when customers return and the effects of the pandemic wear off.

Southwest Airlines is the newest airline to address this issue and plans to recruit flight attendants in the coming weeks, according to CNBC.

Competitors like American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Air Lines recently announced that they would resume pilot hiring in the hopes that they can meet increasing demand for travel in the years to come as hundreds of pilots embark on federally mandated pilots Retirement age approaching 65.

The Dallas-based airline recently announced it would call back flight attendants who were on temporary vacation next month at the company’s urging.

“In order to meet future operational requirements, all flight attendants were called back to work from June 1st and we will have to hire flight attendants in the near future,” the staff said in a statement.

Hiring begins with candidates who had conditional vacancies when the pandemic froze hiring last year.