Delta CEO says airline will hire 25K over next 5 years

But the hiring drive could depend on airlines getting some help from the White House.

After a meeting with President Trump, Delta has said it will kickstart a drive to hire 25,000 more workers over the next five years.

The announcement was made by CEO Ed Bastian on Thursday, following a discussion with the president at the White House that he described as "positive."

With Minneapolis-St. Paul one of Delta's major U.S. hubs, there's a good chance the Twin Cities will see a decent slice of those jobs, though Bastian said this is dependent on the "support of a level playing field globally."

Atlanta-based reports that Bastian is referring to some changes the company is hoping to get from the White House, as Delta is unhappy that Middle East carriers "unfairly" receive subsidies from their governments and fly to the United States.

The news organization says Delta is pushing for action from Washington to help it compete with these carriers, and any hiring could be contingent on that.

"I appreciate the opportunity to meet with President Trump today along with colleagues from across the industry and look forward to continuing our efforts to make U.S. aviation great," Bastian said in the statement. "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."

President Trump was full of praise for U.S. airlines, saying he wants American travelers to have the "greatest customer service" and minimal delays.

He was less impressed with the standard of facilities at American airports, however.

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