Around 24% of Southwest pilots taking voluntary departure deals: source

FILE PHOTO: Air travelers wear face masks waiting to board a Southwest Airlines flight as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, at Oakland International airport in Oakland, California, U.S., April 9, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Around 24% of Southwest Airlines LUV.N pilots and around 33% of flight attendants have agreed so far to early retirement or long-term leaves of absence, a person familiar with the matter the said, while noting that there is still a period of time for employees to rescind their decision.

The full numbers will not be known for another week or two, the person said.

Southwest declined to comment.

Reporting by Tracy Rucinski; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama