This season, Delta Air Lines is upping more than just ticket costs. Employees at the airline have reportedly received a wage raise, according to reports. The wage boost will be given to over 70,000 Delta employees worldwide, marking the first since the COVID issue began. Airlines' readiness to restart compensation increases and even employ more people shows that the business is breaking free from the pandemic's restraints.
75,000 employees will receive a wage raise across the board
Delta Air Lines will raise the salaries of around 75,000 employees worldwide by 4%. From May 1st, the salary increase will be reflected in the workers' paychecks. However, some personnel, such as pilots who have their own union contracts and some senior-level executives, are not covered by this increase.
With corporate offices re-opening, business travellers restoring face-to-face contacts, and foreign limitations loosening, Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian said in a company letter obtained by Reuters that the airline is experiencing excellent demand for the spring and summer travel seasons.
Bastian believes Delta will turn a profit this year and remarked on the wage raise, stating, “The base pay increase, for eligible scale and merit employees globally, is the direct result of the dedication, hard work and excellence that you demonstrate every day."
Delta anticipates strong sales in the coming months. Even as it boosts tickets in response to rising fuel costs, the airline remains optimistic about strong passenger numbers. While the carrier expects to lose money in the first quarter, it expects to make money in March.
This is cited as a major factor for Delta's decision to boost base pay for the first time since 2019. The boost might possibly be the result of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA notifying Delta cabin employees that an increase was due, according to CNBC. The airline employs over 20,000 flight attendants, making it the country's largest non-union cabin staff.
Delta, in a reply to CNBC, disputed that the salary increase was due to the flight attendant union strike.