Employment in the field is slowly growing, but some companies are highlighting their role in the community to attract workers.
But what they're spending their money on is shifting.
Erica Wilkinson of Campbell Travel says travel agents are the ones getting clients "unstuck" in the New Air Travel Normal.
After a hot summer, some travelers are expressing more concern about heat waves, wildfires and other extreme weather events that might affect their plans.
Trips from the U.S. to Europe especially are surging this summer. And that has consequences for domestic airlines—and airfares.
The pandemic almost sunk Manu Powers' company. Though it's mounted a recovery, the summer rush still isn't what it used to be.
International airfare is up 10% from last year, while domestic airfare is down more than 10%, according to the travel site Hopper.
Aviation company Surf Air Mobility is developing an electric engine to power planes during short jaunts. But the market is still untested.
After encouraging early retirement during the pandemic, the industry finds it has a pipeline problem.
Some airlines are pinning some of the blame for recent delays on the Federal Aviation Administration.