Call it a pilot shortage, attrition, a wage-rate problem, or a structural defect -- it all amounts to basically the same thing. Pilot recruitment is under stress, and will remain so until there are reforms.
Airlines insist on revenue guarantees to start service in a new airport, but Modesto airport is trying to woo a new airline by having passengers make pledges. Nice try, Modesto, but it will be an uphill battle.
The last four months in Jamestown highlighted why small towns across the U.S. fear losing regular commercial air service during mergers: it makes it more expensive and time intensive to travel without regular service.
Regional airlines are already battling it out for pilot hires, and signing bonuses are part of the mix. SkyWest is identifying potential recruits in flight school to give the airline an edge.
The activity by Australian airlines and partners in Asia and the Middle East speak to the region's growing importance to global flight patterns and tourism and business activity.