"This will be our largest hiring year": How airlines are preparing for busy summer travel season

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Millions of Americans volition question astatine slightest 50 miles from location this play for Memorial Day—the unofficial commencement of summer. Thirty-nine cardinal radical are projected to travel, according to AAA.   

Despite caller question figures, the pandemic has changed the scenery of travel. There are astir 13% less flights disposable implicit the adjacent fewer months compared to earlier the pandemic. Meanwhile, Delta announced Thursday it is reducing its docket by 2%, oregon 100 flights per day, partially owed to "increased COVID lawsuit rates." 

Delta highlighted to CBS News its ongoing hiring efforts to capable positions passim the company. 

"We're inactive recovering successful a batch of ways and some our strategy and successful our network, we person a batch of caller employees. About 30% of our squad are new," said Brad Sheehan, Delta's Vice President of Flight Training and Standards. 

Airlines-Outlook Airline stocks are soaring, with Southwest and JetBlue saying gross this summertime volition beryllium adjacent stronger than they were expecting. The airlines made their comments Thursday, May 26, 2022, successful regulatory filings. Wilfredo Lee / AP

Staffing limitations forced Southwest's CEO Bob Jordan to trim his airline's docket by 7%, truthful Jordan says his existent hiring surge is essential. 

"This volition beryllium our largest hiring year, hiring play successful our history," Jordan told CBS News' Bob Jordan. 

Even arsenic drivers facing grounds state prices, astir Americans are taking roadworthy trips this weekend. Geoff Kapke from Indiana and his woman are connected a travel to amusement their 2 sons each 50 states earlier they crook 18. 

"It costs astir $130 to capable the car's vessel up. That was not fun, but it's not going to deter america from hitting the road," said Kapke. 

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