Southwest recalls nearly 200 pilots from extended leave program

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April 5- Southwest Airlines has recalled 209 pilots from a voluntary extended leave program to support its summer schedule, the company said on Monday as airlines prepare for a recovery in demand as more Americans get COVID-19 vaccines.

On 1 June the pilots will return to active status and complete all the requalification training requirements before flying with passengers.

Among other major U.S. carriers, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have also recalled pilots who were sidelined during the pandemic.

United Airlines, which reached a deal with its union to keep pilots active throughout the downturn, said last week that it was preparing to hire around 300 pilots as the travel demand rebounds.

Low-cost airlines have also recalled pilots and hired again. How about a simple title?

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