Southwest Airlines to Hire 100 Pilots in April

Southwest Airlines has told its pilots in inter-company communication that it will begin hiring over 100 pilots beginning in April of this year.

Southwest previously announced an opening from March 9th through end of day, Wednesday, March 23rd in which they would accept resumes for upcoming interviews.

Southwest recently expanded by purchasing AirTran Airways. The deal will move Southwest into 37 new cities, expand its presence in cities like New York and Boston and move it into Atlanta, the busiest airport in the nation.

Southwest Airlines also recently announced that their passenger traffic for February 2011 increased by 13.0 percent compared to February 2010. The load factor for the month was 76.9 percent, compared to 73.9 percent for the same period last year.

For the first two months of 2011, Southwest flew 11.9 billion RPMs, compared to 10.5 billion RPMs flown for the same period in 2010, an increase of 13.1 percent. Available seat miles increased 8.0 percent to 15.5 billion from the 2010 level of 14.4 billion. The year-to-date load factor was 76.4 percent, compared to 72.9 percent for the same period last year.