After American Airlines pilots came out against their treatment on Monday, they've been joined by another disgruntled sect of the industry.
Per NBCDFW, over 1,000 Southwest Airlines pilots came together in a show of solidarity by picketing outside Dallas Love Field Airport on Tuesday morning.
Led by the Southwest Pilots Association, the pilots said they were picketing in protest against their treatment by the airline. In a statement online, SWAPA stated the following six reasons for the protest:
- 896 - Number of days since SWAPA proposed a new, industry-leading contract to attract the next generation of aviators.
- 1984 - The last year that Southwest Airlines made any meaningful improvements to CBA language covering maternity leave for Pilots.
- 20,000 - Number of days off Pilots have lost to schedule mismanagement over the last 12 months.
- 164,084 - Number of days over the last 12 months that SWAPA Pilots have voluntarily flown on days off to get SWA passengers to their desired destinations.
- 312,084 - Number of times SWAPA Pilots' schedules have been changed over the last 12 months.
- 110,915,000 - Number of passengers SWAPA Pilots have carried safely to their destinations over the last year.
"Our pilots have had to address the fatigue issue with management publicly, which is something that we never want to do, but ultimately, our pilots have been tired and have been trying to do everything they can," said Capt. Casey Murray - A pilot and president of the SWAPA, per NBCDFW.