How quickly things have changed for the US Airlines and the Pilot requirement

The sudden shift of demands for air transportation and pilots continues to manifest. Such can be seen  through the following texts excerpted from a published article of Marketplace.org on the 16th of July 2021.

“It wasn’t that many months ago that American Airlines Capt. Dennis Tajer was flying 737s with just four or five people on board.

‘Now today I’m flying with every seat filled,’ Tajer said. ‘Just flew yesterday. Full airplanes everywhere, airports packed. That’s the great news.’

‘The not-so-great news, he said, is that there aren’t nearly enough pilots or crew to fly those planes.’

‘It went from a lack of demand from passengers to a lack of supply for pilots overnight, like a light switch,’ Tajer said.

‘And there’s no similar switch that airlines can flip to replenish that supply of pilots.’

‘The challenge is that you know, creating a pilot and bringing a pilot back isn’t something that’s instantaneous, right?’ said Simon Azar of CAE, a company that makes flight simulators and trains pilots. ‘If you want to create a pilot from scratch, it takes two to three years to be able to get them into an airline seat.’

Source: Marketplace

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