Airline Industry Could See Pilot Shortage
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A pilot shortage may be in the near future, and that could mean fewer, more expensive flights.
One local flight instructor says there are a lot of reasons for the pilot shortage, the first being that flight school is expensive. Most flight schools cost $40,000 and up.
“Loans are harder to come by nowadays,” says Corey Tomczack with St. Louis Flight Training. “After a couple major flight schools collapsed, a lot of the lending agencies tightened up their underwriting.”
But the big reason no one wants to be a pilot, according to Tomczack?
What it pays.
“The first year, if you decide to go to a regional airline as a co-pilot, there are some that pay as little as $18,000 and as much as $24,000 your first year,” he says.
To avoid the problem, airlines will have to cut flights or raise salaries.
Either way, it’ll cost you in the end.
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