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Alaska Airlines pilots approve 5-year contract

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Air Line Pilots Association says Alaska Airlines pilots have approved a new, five-year contract.

The association says the contract approved Wednesday increases pay by nearly 20 percent over the life of the agreement. With nearly 94 percent of 1,343 eligible voters casting a ballot, 67 percent voted in favor of the agreement.

Alaska Airlines is a subsidiary of Seattle-based Alaska Air Group Inc. With partner regional airlines, it serves 95 cities through Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico.