Southwest Airlines Offers Workers Double-Time Pay to Avoid Snafus During Fourth of July Holiday Travel Period

By Kurt Stolz on 30 June 2021
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Southwest Airlines employees at LaGuardia Airport

Southwest Airlines, which experienced a slew of computer system outages as it attempted to celebrate its 50th anniversary last week, is offering employees overtime pay, including double-time pay for cabin crew, as it attempts to avoid staffing shortages during the Fourth of July holiday travel period.

The airline cancelled hundreds of flights over the weekend and Monday due to weather issues and an equal number the prior week due to a variety of systems issues.

The Dallas-based carrier will also offer double-time pay to ground-operations agents and cargo agents who pick up additional shifts over the holiday period, the airline said.

Meanwhile, the pilots union reaction to the offer of double-time pay was tepid at best, saying that it failed to address more systemic issues.

“It has been clear (since spring!) that our operation was on track for a brutal summer caused by overselling a schedule that they absolutely cannot fill,” the head of the union, Casey Murray, said in a message sent to the airline’s pilots on Monday that was viewed by Frequent Business Traveler.

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