Tuesday, July 17, 2018

US facing serious shortage of pilots with an increase in demand for air travel

The United States is currently facing a serious shortage of airline pilots, particularly at the regional airline levels, according to a report.

During this period, there has been a tremendous increase in the demand for air travel, the Federal Aviation Administration said in the report. The International Air Transport Association predicts that air travel will double over the next 20 years.

Major US airlines were not yet directly experiencing the pilot shortage, according to the report.

The Federal Aviation Administration said that the number has decreased by 30 per cent over the past three decades and there were about 827,000 pilots in America in 1987.

But smaller regional airlines are experiencing this first-hand. Their schedules have been reduced and some, such as Republic, have been forced into bankruptcy because of inadequate staffing.
17/07/18 India TV