Airlines offer huge bonuses to recruit, retain pilots amid shortage

Travel demand is heating up just as airlines are experiencing a pilot shortage.

Airlines are offering huge bonuses to recruit and retain pilots. Industry experts said this is good news, but a sign of poor management.

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“During the pandemic, we saw many pilots take early retirements. Management wanted that to save cash at the moment, but they weren’t looking down the street,” said Capt. Dennis Tajer, a spokesperson for the Allied Pilots Association.

>> In the video at the top of the page, Channel 9′s Erika Jackson has more on the demand for pilots and the bonuses being offered.

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