Airlines CEO makes MAJOR announcement tied to tax reform bill


Just prior to Christmas, Republicans celebrated the passage of their tax reform bill, which President Trump signed in a brief ceremony on Friday, Dec. 22.

The same day, several major companies announced they would be giving raises and bonuses to hundreds of thousands of employees, since the bill had passed.

Tuesday, a major airline joined the movement of passing on the tax savings to their employees.

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly posted a video announcement on his Twitter page Tuesday, saying, “I’m proud to report we are rewarding our employees with a $1,000 bonus with the anticipated savings from the tax reform legislation, we are contributing an additional $5 million in charitable donations, and we are making investments in our fleet and our business.”

“This year is shaping up to be a big one for Southwest Airlines, and I’m delighted to kick off the new year with some excellent news on the heels of the tax reform legislation,” Kelly said in the video announcement.

He said the $1,000 bonus will be paid to over 55,000 Southwest employees on January 8.

“This creates an opportunity for us to reward our employees, to invest in our business, to keep our costs and fares low for our customers, and to take care of our communities,” Kelly said, adding that Southwest has earmarked an additional $5 million to donate to charitable causes during 2018.

Watch his entire announcement below.

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