Southwest Airlines techs ratify tentative agreement

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) appearance technicians, represented by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), have voted to ratify a four-year tentative agreement with the airline, the company said.

The company said the new collective bargaining agreement takes effect immediately, ahead of the current contract´s February 2017 amendable date.

AMFA represents just over 200 Southwest Airlines appearance technicians and reported that of those who cast ballots, 88 percent voted in favor of the new contract.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season across a network of 99 destinations in the United States and eight additional countries with service to Havana, Cuba, beginning Dec. 12, 2016, subject to governmental approvals.