The pilot shortage in USA begins to affect airline industry. Cancellations and delays flights became frequent and airlines They are far from solving it in the middle of the holiday season.
Rising demand for tickets, employee strikes and COVID-19 outbreaks among airline workers have created chaos at airports in recent months. But a fundamental reason is exacerbating the crisis, and that is the lack of pilots.
During the pandemic, airlines were forced to lay off nearly a third of their workforce and bring pilot retirements forward.
And becoming a pilot is not easy, it requires at least 1,500 flight hours and getting a license costs more than $10,000. The airlines were even forced to open their own pilot academies, but this workforce will not be seen for another 4 years, so it is estimated that the air crisis will continue for at least the next 2 years. Without a doubt, the most affected are the passengers.
“My flight left at 6 in the morning, at 2 in the morning they called me and told me that it had been canceled and they gave me the option of leaving two days later and with a layover, I told them that I could not wait for work issues and the The only solution was that I was on the waiting list,” Camilo Bonilla told Caracol Radio, a Colombian who was traveling from Miami to Philadelphia to visit his family and a job interview that he never made it to.
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Camilo assures that like him there are more than 20 people on the same flight who had to wait all day at the Miami international airport until the airline got them their seats and they could all reach their final destination.
“With me there were 25 people including families with babies, children in arms, and there was an Argentinian woman with an operated knee. There was even a person who had a layover in Rome and missed his international flight. No one approached us at all, not even to give us a bottle of water,” Camilo told Caracol Radio.
According to the FlightAware website, in the month of July alone, US airlines have canceled more than 30,000 flights, and so far in 2022 there have been more than 100,000 cancellations.