United Airlines is offering flight attendants who agree to voluntary redundancy a severance package of up to $100,000.
The deal is a “one-time opportunity”, says the carrier, and comes following negotiations with the Association of Flight Attendants.
Lump sum payments under the enhanced early out programme will be available for attendants that meet service and eligibility criteria and will be paid out in seniority order, confirmed United.
The airline recalled all attendants who were on leave ahead of the announcement.
Sam Risoli, United’s SVP, inflight services, said the redundancy programme aimed to “minimise disruption to flight attendants due to staffing imbalances and at the same time helps us be more competitive”.