SkyWest Airlines announces tuition reimbursement agreement with ATP Flight School

Photo courtesy of SkyWest Airlines, St. George News
ST. GEORGE — In an effort to continue providing more career opportunities than other regional airlines, SkyWest Airlines, a subsidiary of SkyWest, Inc., recently announced a new agreement with ATP Flight School. This agreement makes ATP the 56th school to participate in SkyWest’s “Pilot Pathway Program,” but what distinguishes the ATP Flight School agreement is their “Tuition Reimbursement Program,” helping aspiring pilots solidify their career pathway to SkyWest Airlines.

With the ATP Tuition Reimbursement Program, SkyWest will reimburse pilots up to $11,000 for flight-training costs at ATP, a professional, accelerated flight-training school with 40 locations nationwide, including Salt Lake City and Las Vegas, Nevada.

As opposed to traditional signing bonuses, part of the tuition reimbursement comes in the form of monthly payments that supplement first-year airline pay.

ATP graduate Kevin Skaggs said he appreciates how the monthly payment will help him out financially as he starts his career.

“It’s great that I’ll be able to take home a much larger percentage,” Skaggs said.

In addition to the financial tuition reimbursement, the agreement with ATP also creates a direct path for pilots to become SkyWest cadets, securing mentorships, access to company facilities, simulators and more via the Skywest Airlines Pilot Pathway Program.

“We’re excited to partner with ATP to provide tuition assistance and prepare a solid pathway to SkyWest Airlines for ATP students,” said Tracy Gallo, SkyWest vice president of Flight Operations. “Pilots at SkyWest Airlines have more career opportunities than at any other regional airline, and this partnership with ATP helps students at the 40 ATP locations across the country to truly take control of their careers by connecting with SkyWest Airlines.”

Some additional benefits of joining the SkyWest Airlines Pilot Pathway Program include enhanced seniority, guaranteed final interview and access to pilot mentors. Unlike an internship, the SkyWest Pilot Pathway Program allows students to get a proverbial “foot in the door” while remaining at their campus to complete their flight training until they are able to meet SkyWest’s Airline Transport Pilot standards.

For more about the SkyWest Pilot Pathway Program, visit the SkyWest Pilot Pathway Program web page.

About SkyWest Airlines:

As a leading air service provider offering global access to millions of people each month, SkyWest partners with the world’s largest network carriers, including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. With a fleet of 356 aircraft, SkyWest’s nearly 11,500 aviation professionals operate more than 1,800 flights each day to 209 destinations throughout North America. According to their press release, SkyWest is known for its industry-leading workforce, exceptional leadership team and continued solid operational and economic performance. The airline is headquartered in St. George, Utah. Visit the SkyWest website for more information and follow @SkyWestAirlines on Twitter.

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