US Airline Pilot Association Speaks About Pilot Stress and Fatigue

04th Jul 2022

Southwest Airlines Pilots Association President Capt. Casey A. Murray shared the union’s position about the frustration of pilots who have been caught in between the summer demand, weather concerns, staff shortage, among other reasons which resulted to fatigued and frustrated pilots.

“We’ve been under a lot of stress for the past year,” Murray said. “What is going on, on a day-to-day basis, is a wasteful use of the pilot resources they have.” Murray cited that 30% of pilots are being reassigned on a daily basis.

This follows an open letter by Delta Air Lines Pilots to customers which stated “We have been working on our days off, flying a record amount of overtime to help you get to your destination. At the current rate, by this fall, our pilots will have flown more overtime in 2022 than in the entirety of 2018 and 2019 combined, our busiest years to date”.

Southwest airline has roughly 9,600 pilots.

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