According to an internal memo from United Airlines, the airlines aims to hire nearly 300 pilots following the COVID-19 inoculation drive which is fueling a rebound in travel demand.
United, which has more than 12,000 pilots, will hire pilots who either had a new hire class date that was canceled or a 2020 conditional job offer.
Earlier this year in March, the U.S. Congress had approved a six-month extension of a government program that gives airlines significant payroll assistance.
Since September 2020, almost 1,000 United pilots have either retired or participated in voluntary leave programs but the airline said “the number of new pilots needed will be dependent on our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In a statement, United’s CEO Scott Kirby said, domestic leisure demand “has almost entirely recovered.”