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Following meeting with Trump, Delta CEO says company to hire 25K

Delta Air Lines plans to hire 25,000 people in the next five years, according to a company statement.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian and other airline industry leaders met with U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday for a meeting about aviation. Bastian said in a statement that he appreciated meeting with Trump and other industry colleagues.

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“We had a positive discussion about many of the major issues facing U.S. travelers, airline employees and the aviation industry, which is a vital economic engine for America,” he said. “I look forward to working with President Trump, Secretary Chao, Secretary Tillerson and other members of the administration on issues important to Delta, our employees and our customers. Delta has been leading the charge to expand and upgrade our nation’s airports, with extensive improvement projects planned and underway at major Delta hubs.”

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Delta has a significant presence as one of the five major airlines to fly in and out of the Dayton International Airport. It also has flights out of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. About 22,827 passengers flew Delta at Dayton International Airport in December.

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Delta Air Lines is expanding its travel options at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, adding additional flights in five cities. The number of seats will increase 6 percent in the city, and more than 75 percent of all flights will operate with aircraft providing a first-class cabin.

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