AirTran flight attendants ratify new contract

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Flight attendant at Southwest Airlines-subsidiary AirTran Airways have ratified a new contract that will bridge the gap until the carriers complete their integration.

The agreement covers 1,700 flight attendants at AirTran who have yet to integrate into Southwest’s flight attendant ranks, according to the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA).

“AirTran flight attendants’ immense contributions have played a key role in the AirTran/Southwest network,” says Alison Head, AFA AirTran president, in a statement. “This agreement provides flight attendants with some immediate economic improvements until management completes the integration process.”

The AFA and AirTran reached a tentative agreement earlier in September.

About 400 AirTran flight attendants have already transitioned to Southwest.