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American Airlines is recalling 3,300 flight attendants from extended voluntary leave as it ramps up for a busy holiday season

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American Airlines is canceling extended voluntary leave for about 3,300 of its flight attendants as it prepares for a surge in travel demand, which will last beyond the summer. 

Returning cabin crews will restart flights in November and December, and two-thirds will need to be retrained, the airline told employees in a Thursday memo, which was viewed by CNBC.

American also plans to hire 800 new flight attendants before March 2022, the memo said, per CNBC. 

“Increasing customer demand and new routes starting later this year mean we need more flight attendants to operate the airline,” Brady Byrnes, details ⇒

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