Southwest recalls 209 pilots from extended leave as demand recovers

FILE PHOTO: Social distancing sign is displayed at a check-in area for Southwest Airlines Co. at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on an unusually empty Memorial Day weekend during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 23, 2020. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon

(Reuters) – Southwest Airlines said on Monday it has recalled 209 pilots from a voluntary extended leave program to support its summer schedule beginning June 1.

The recall comes as more airlines try to prepare their operations to support a recovery in travel demand as more Americans receive COVID-19 vaccines.

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