The American Airlines stops flying to three cities due to the lack of pilots

The American Airlines stops flying to three cities due to the lack of pilots

The U.S. Airlines will discontinue service for three cities after Labor Day as a result of staff shortages, the latest problem for the airline industry amid thousands of cancellations and cuts in recent months.

An airline spokesman said the company would suspend services in Toledo, Ohio; Ithaca, NI; and Islip, NI, on September 7 in response to the “lack of regional pilots.”

“We are extremely grateful for the care and service our team members have provided to our clients in Islip, Ithaca and Toledo, and we work closely with them during this time,” a spokesman told The Hill in an email. “We will proactively contact clients who plan to travel after this date to offer alternative arrangements.”

Demand for travel has risen, and a large number of Americans have embarked on travel for the first time since the pandemic began. The Traffic Safety Administration announced that it inspected about 2.44 million people at the airports on Friday, which is a total of more than on any other day since November 28, 2021.

Meanwhile, airlines have struggled to keep pace with growing demand after laying off millions of jobs at the height of the pandemic, leading to rising prices.

Thousands of flights were canceled or postponed last weekend on the eve of Father’s Day and June 1.

Delta Air Lines cut 100 flights from its daily schedule between July 1 and August 7, and the company’s pilots wrote an open letter to customers published on Thursday saying they were flying “record” overtime to reduce the number of cancellations.

Other airlines have also cut their schedules. Southwest Airlines has cut off 20,000 flights this summer, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The U.S. is also making changes to eight other routes, which the airline spokesman said would better suit the current demand environment. All these routes include one of the airline’s airports as a departure or destination city.

Three US-owned regional carriers – PSA Airlines, Envoy Air and Piedmont Airlines – recently announced contracts with Americans that include “significant wage increases” as part of efforts to attract and retain pilots, according to the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA). a union representing employees.

Pilots working for PSA Airlines, which operates 800 daily flights for Americans, will receive an additional 50 percent salary increase over two years.

“The new PSA agreements will not only help PSA recruit and retain quality pilots, but will set the standard for other regional carriers to follow suit,” said John Ebert, president of the ALPA pilot group for PSA.

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