Is there a pilot shortage in the US? It depends on whom you ask. US regional airlines and their mainline partners say the shortage is real and growing, forcing reductions in regional services. But the leader of the world’s largest pilot union, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), dismisses talk of a shortage. “United, Delta and American are not having trouble attracting anyone. The vast majority of people who apply for jobs [as pilots at the Big Three US airlines] get turned ...

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