American Airlines Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet aircraft as seen on final approach landing at Recent York JFK international airport in NY, on February 13, 2020.
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American Airlines’ regional carrier Envoy Air is offering pilots triple pay to choose up trips for many of next month, an effort the airline says will help it avoid flight disruptions in the course of the peak summer travel season.
“Super critical coverage has been declared for” July 2 to 31 for all bases, in keeping with a note sent to Envoy pilots on Monday that was seen by CNBC. “Any open time flown during this time-frame shall be paid at 300%. Thanks prematurely on your help.”
Ric Wilson, vp of flight operations for Envoy, said although the triple pay is applicable throughout July, it doesn’t necessarily mean open trips can be found for pilots every day.
“We’re into our peak flying season and we wish to be sure that we will operate dependably for our customers,” Wilson said.
The airline said in an announcement that it “has had a rare completion factor for the month of June,” referring to accomplished flights.
“As a part of the proactive technique to run a reliable schedule in the course of the peak summer travel season, Envoy is offering pilots triple pay to choose up uncovered trips on their days off within the month of July,” the carrier said. “This can only be offered if there are open trips available, and currently Envoy is fully covered with its flight schedule this summer.”
The approaching Fourth of July holiday weekend shall be a test for airlines which have struggled to tamp down delays amid staffing shortages.
American’s regional subsidiaries — Envoy, Piedmont and PSA — earlier this month said they were giving pilots a short lived 50% pay increase through August 2024 to assist alleviate a pilot shortage that airlines say have forced them to chop routes.