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Pilot shortage spurs six-figure bonus offers and poaching of personnel

Nov 8, 2023
An American Airlines unit is offering $250,000 bonuses to attract pilots from freight and other carriers. FedEx, though, has a suplus.
Between a shrinking pool of trained pilots and early retirements during the pandemic, the pilot shortage has been years in the making.
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Pilots are still in short supply. What are airlines doing about it?

Jul 5, 2023
After encouraging early retirement during the pandemic, the industry finds it has a pipeline problem.
Carriers are setting up training academies for future pilots and working to make the job more appealing with better salaries and benefits.
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A pilot shortage means higher airfares and service cuts at regional airports

Nov 21, 2022
Sixty U.S. airports have lost more than half of their flights since 2019, and 14 no longer have any commercial service.
When COVID hit and air travel virtually stopped, many airlines encouraged pilots to take buyouts or early retirement. Now airlines are struggling to play catch-up.
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American is ending service at 4 airports as airlines scramble to hire staff

Jun 22, 2022
The carrier is canceling regional routes in Ohio, New York and Iowa. Losing an airline can be tough on a city and its economy.
Early in the pandemic, airlines offered pilots early retirement, "and now they're finding themselves short-staffed," said David Slotnick of The Points Guy website.
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Finding enough airline pilots to hire after the pandemic might be tough

Apr 2, 2021
It’s not easy or affordable to become a pilot, so it's often out of reach for low-income students.
The number of pilots needed for the expected air travel boom may not be available.
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Airline pilots: Is there an actual shortage or are employers not paying enough?

Jul 31, 2018
Seth Kaplan, managing partner at Airline Weekly, joined us to talk about the labor pool for airlines.
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