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WASHINGTON (AP) – Airlines are struggling to hire pilots, flight attendants and other staff, which is part of the reason for the cancellation of flights and the removal of service at some airports, said leaders to legislators.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said a major service disruption in October began when high winds closed three of the five runways at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the largest hub in the city. airline company.
The American, he said, found himself with jets and people in the wrong places and struggled to get workers to take extra shifts to deal with the problem.
Although workers are doing a great job during the pandemic, they are reluctant to take additional shifts due to the risk of coronavirus and unruly passengers, he said.
“We need people to want to take extra shifts,” Parker told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Parker said there were enough pilots and staff to run the airline under normal circumstances, but not under unexpected weather events.
United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said they need to make sure they don’t schedule too many flights for available resources.
He said people who want to become pilots must spend $ 150,000 to get the required training, which is usually not covered by federal student loans.