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ALPA Pilot Shortage Misinformation Continues; RAA Corrects the Record

Washington, DC, December 23, 2022. Media contact:

The Regional Airline Association (RAA), representing the airlines which provide 41% of scheduled passenger flights in the U.S. and offer the only source of air service to most of the country, issued a statement in response to the release of an Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) news statement falsely claiming that FAA data indicates an abundance of qualified airline pilots and again accuses “airline CEOs” of making profit-driven service cuts and trying to “lower safety requirements for aviation operations.” These accusations are false and the data accompanying them is misleading. RAA urges policymakers, journalists and the public to carefully review the complete dataset when assessing the veracity of such claims and defamatory comments. To read the full statement, click here.

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The Regional Airline Association (RAA) provides a unified voice of advocacy for North American regional airlines aimed at promoting a safe, reliable and strong regional airline industry. RAA serves as an important support network connecting regional airlines and industry business partners. In the United States, regional airlines operate 41% of scheduled passenger flights and provide the only source of scheduled air service to 67% of the nation’s airports. Regional airlines provide 75% or more of the air service in Alabama (81%), Alaska (88%), Arkansas (81%), Iowa (78%), Kansas (82%), Maine (79%), Mississippi (82%), North Dakota (88%), South Dakota (85%), Vermont (92%), West Virginia (91%). Regional airlines provide half or more of the air service in Idaho (73%), Indiana (59%), Kentucky (60%), Michigan (57%), Montana (73%), Nebraska (60%), New Hampshire (69%), New Mexico (63%), North Carolina (55%), Ohio (52%), Oklahoma (55%), Oregon (54%), Pennsylvania (59%), Rhode Island (67%), South Carolina (57%), Utah (58%), Wisconsin (67%), and Wyoming (64%).

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