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Take Flight Tomorrow: Hundreds of Flights Cut at U.S. Airports As Pilot Shortage Worsens

Monday, September 15, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Hundreds of Flights Cut at U.S. Airports As Pilot Shortage Worsens

86 communities have lost more than 10% of daily departures.

Washington, DC, September 8, 2014 - American airports, both large and small, have suffered major cuts in service ranging from 10 percent to nearly 81 percent as airlines have been forced to cancel flights in part due to the growing pilot shortage.

Take Flight Tomorrow - a coalition of stakeholders working together to repair the pilot supply pipeline and prevent additional losses to scheduled airline service - has released a list of 86 U.S. communities that have already lost 10 percent or more of their scheduled airline departures.* The list includes major international airports serving Cleveland (CLE), Memphis (MEM) and Louisville (SDF), as well as state capitals such as Tallahassee (TLH), Providence (PVD), Jackson (JAN), Harrisburg (MDT) and Cheyenne (CYS) and dozens of other airline-served airports across 33 states and two U.S. territories.

The pilot shortage and resulting cancelled departures have had a cascading effect on Americans: fewer flight options, diminished connectivity, longer layovers and fewer destinations. Additionally, the economic impact felt across these core U.S. communities is only beginning to be measured, as another independent study (Flightpath Economics/Dan Akins & Matt Barton, February 26, 2014) has identified 239 communities at risk for losing service accounting for $2.1 billion in domestic airline revenues, and are located in communities comprising over 10 percent of the U.S. population and 7 percent of the U.S. GDP.

Take Flight Tomorrow encourages the FAA to emphasize quality of training by granting additional academic credit for high-quality structured aviation training and military experience.

"The pilot pipeline has been severed, millions of this nation's airline passengers and shippers have been disconnected from the global economy, and it's expected to only get worse this winter and into 2015," said Regional Airline Association (RAA) President Roger Cohen. "But there is a fix at hand, and the FAA has the authority to grant appropriate credit for the high-quality training that will encourage future aviators, embrace our best training programs, enabling America to Take Flight Tomorrow."

Learn more about Take Flight Tomorrow and urge your lawmakers to address this critical issue by visiting our website:

Click here to see the map.
Click here to list of airports.

*Source: Innovata Schedules, via Diio online portal CY 2013-2014

About Take Flight Tomorrow

Take Flight Tomorrow is a coalition of stakeholders working together to urge the FAA to grant sufficient academic credit for high quality structured aviation training programs.

About RAA

With safety as its highest priority, RAA represents North American regional airlines, and the manufacturers of products and services supporting the regional airline industry, before the Congress, DOT, FAA and other federal agencies. With more than 12,000 regional airline flights every day, regional airlines operate 50 percent of the nation's commercial schedule.

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