Pilot Fatigue is the #1 Safety Threat Says Southwest Pilot Association

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April 14. A Southwest Airlines union has sent an open letter to the company’s board of directors amid rising fatigue reports among pilots.

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA), which represents over 10,000 Southwest pilots, said fatigue has become the Dallas-based carrier’s “number one safety threat”, and its leaders are yet to address the issue.

Addressed to CEO Bob Jordan, SWAPA said there have been a “precipitous rise in pilot reports” of fatigue, seeing rates escalate up to 600 per cent in October.

SWAPA said the rising fatigue reports are a result of “deliberate deficiencies in the management of our network and pilot scheduling”, and it has “destroyed” the company’s efficiency.

According to the union, pilots have been unable to obtain hotel rooms for rest following “excessive” reassignments and resulting delays. This means pilots allegedly did not receive the minimum rest opportunity that is federally mandated, SWAPA said.

Pilots have set schedules each month, but at times, airlines will need to reassign their flights, remove or add flights due to varying reasons such as crew calling in sick, delays and cancellations.

Source: World of Aviation

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