DENVER — Frontier Airlines pilots permitted a brand new contract in voting that ended Thursday following practically three years of negotiations.
Of the pilots for the Denver-based funds provider eligible to vote, 77 p.c backed the deal, the Air Line Pilots Association International mentioned. The pilots union mentioned the contract, which is able to take impact subsequent Wednesday, will present a median 53-percent pay enhance.
Frontier pilots have been working beneath a contract modified in 2011 to maintain the airline out of chapter. Negotiations started in March 2016 and shortly changed into mediation overseen by federal officers.
Pilots voted to authorize a strike in 2017. However, federal regulation makes it tough for airline staff to strike so pilots staged demonstrations, together with staging informational pickets and sending a “strike bus” to cities in Frontier’s community.
Pilots agreed to lose pay beneath the 2011 contract change to be able to preserve prized, versatile work guidelines that permit them to work fewer hours when they need and to swap scheduled flights. That flexibility makes it onerous to say what a median pilot makes however beginning pilots, who’re paid for the standard 75 flying hours a month, will bounce from incomes $35,000 a 12 months to $70,000 beneath the brand new contract, union spokesman Capt. Alan Christie mentioned.
“We’re looking forward to a much more symbiotic relationship to help Frontier reach its growth strategy,” Christie mentioned.