A story, featured on KSNV-TV in Las Vegas on May 1, shares that airlines are preparing for a possible pilot shortage.
Reported by KSNV's Christy Wilcox, the story announces the high level of tourism numbers in the month of March. Below is a part of the story, which can be found on the KSNV-TV website (click here for the story).
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — This past March was the busiest month on record at McCarran International Airport. As tourism flourishes in Las Vegas, dwindling pilot numbers have airlines taking precautions.
The state is short about 200 pilots according to the Governor’s office of Economic Development data, but the valley needs them to keep up with demand.
“I'm afraid over the next couple years we're going to continue to see cuts until we can get more people in the pipeline to fly airplanes again,” said Mulder.
Mulder says part of the problem is a wave of retiring pilots. Pilots can only fly until the age of 65 before they must retire. Another driving factor pilots must have 1500 flight hours to fly commercially. Mandated flight hours changed in 2013, prior to that pilots were required to fly 250 hours. The measure was taken to improve flight safety and security.
Below is the story as featured on KSNV-TV.