Southwest Airlines pilots approve new contract

Southwest Airlines Co. announced today its Pilots, represented by the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA), overwhelmingly approved a new collective bargaining agreement.

Adam Carlisle, Vice President Labor Relations at Southwest Airlines, “Our Pilots are world-class aviators who uphold Southwest’s commitments to Safety, Hospitality, and connecting People to what’s important in their lives”.

“This agreement justly rewards our Pilots and supports our operational needs.”

The five-year agreement covers nearly 11,000 Southwest Pilots, and provides them with industry-leading compensation, modified scheduling practices, and quality-of-life enhancements, including paid maternity and parental leave, with an opportunity for an additional extended bonding leave.

In addition, the contract maintains Southwest’s operational advantages, including a new process for recovering our Pilot network, if needed.

Since October 2022, nine union-represented workgroups have ratified new agreements:

  • Appearance Technicians
  • Customer Service Agents, Customer Representatives, and Source of Support Representatives
  • Dispatchers
  • Facilities Maintenance Technicians
  • Flight Instructors
  • Material Specialists
  • Mechanics and Related Employees
  • Meteorologists
  • Pilots

Southwest remains in negotiations with two union-represented workgroups and is committed to reaching agreements that reward those Employees for their Southwest contributions.