Australian airline Regional Express (Rex) has said that the country is facing such a severe shortage of pilots that a crisis will ensue within a year, as airlines continue with unprecedented expansion plans.
Rex Chief of Staff, Jim Davis, said that already some airlines are struggling to find enough pilots to crew their regular schedules, and many are resorting to cancelling flights to cope with the situation. This has impacted not just Rex, but also Qantas, QantasLink, Virgin and Jetstar.
And the situation is expected to get worse. Based on industry figures, it is estimated that the net additional requirements for new pilots in Australia will be 1,800 for at least the next two years. The supply of new airline transport pilot licenses (ATP) every year in Australia is about 400.
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