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United States facing serious Shortage of Airline Pilots

Washington, July 17: The US is currently facing a serious shortage of airline pilots, particularly at the regional airline levels, according to a report. The Federal Aviation Administration said in the report on Monday that there were about 827,000 pilots in America in 1987. Over the past three decades, that number decreased by 30 per cent, reports CNN. During this period, there has been a tremendous increase in the demand for air travel, the report said. The International Air Transport Association predicts that, over the next 20 years, air travel will double. Major US airlines were not yet directly experiencing the pilot shortage, according to the report. But smaller regional airlines are experiencing this firsthand. Their schedules have been reduced and some, such as Republic, have been forced into bankruptcy as a result of inadequate staffing. However, the industry has taken a few steps to address this problem. Regional airlines now offer much higher pay and even signing bonuses. (IANS)

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