US Airlines have a pilot shortage, and they are responding by dropping some requirements and cutting training hours to get trainees in the air. According to Bloomberg, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and United Airlines have all had to eliminate flights due to a lack of pilots, with United grounding 100 planes.
Airlines are looking at a myriad of ways to address the crisis, from nixing degree requirements, dropping the mandatory number of flight hours needed to be hired, and increasing the pilot retirement age. Republic airways is reportedly looking at halving training hours from 1500 to 750 in an effort to get new pilots in the air.
Compounding the problem is rising demand as COVID restrictions abate, and consumers look to begin traveling again.