Republic Airways Holdings has reached a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with pilots. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) represents more than 2,200 pilots for sister companies Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America.
According to Republic, the proposed contract includes increases in pay that will place Republic pilots at or near the top of its airline peers. It also includes improvements in work rules, quality of life enhancements and more flexibility in scheduling as well as a significant signing bonus if ratified. The agreement still must be presented to union members for review and a formal ratification vote, which is expected in March.
“At a time when many of our competitors are moving in the opposite direction on pilot compensation, we are thrilled that Republic is able to significantly improve the wages and benefits of the more than 2,200 women and men who safely fly more than 1,300 daily scheduled flights for our major airline partners,” Republic airways chairman, president and CEO Bryan Bedford said.