The current Pilot shortage is gonna cost Travelers

There's a pilot shortage and it's costing passengers. Right now, airlines are cutting flights because they don't have enough crews. Experts say the eventual solution will be to raise fares.

Zach Burau of travel membership site wanderift.com says pilots with the big carriers make the big money, but when they start out with the smaller carriers, the pay might only be $30 to $40,000.

"Because of the shortage, these companies have to start incentivizing more people to become pilots."

Burau says the good news is, the shortage won't last.

"I think it's a big problem but I think the industry will change and fix a lot of the problems that are happening right now, because of this."

Some prospective pilots say it's just not worth it.

"The airlines, their margins are so slim already, they're gonna increase the pay for the pilots but they're also gonna pass on the cost to the consumer."

Some prospective pilots say it's not worth it to spend $100,000 or more on education and spend so much time getting experience and certifications for low wages in their first jobs. Burau says the big airlines may have to start accepting less qualified pilots in the short term to staff flights.

 

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