Air Do faces pilot shortage after two pilots retire
Japanese regional low-cost airline Air Do canceled 34 flights in November as it suffers from the lack of pilots, Japan Today informs. A shortage of pilots was caused by the retirement of two of them from the airline earlier in 2017.
One Air Do’s pilot retired in August 2017, another – in October, which caused the difficulties in scheduling the flights for airline’s aircraft. Overall, the carrier’s fleet consists of 13 planes. As a result, Air Do will partially suspend flights from New Chitose Airport to Haneda and Sendai airports. The airline expects that almost 2,400 passengers will be affected.
According to the research released by training company CAE Group in 2017, the industry will need 255,000 new airline pilots over the next 10 years to sustain the growth of the commercial air transport industry and support retirements.
“The airline industry will need 70 new type-rated pilots per day for the next 10 years to meet global demand, ” said CAE Group President Nick Leontidis in an official report.
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