The Wall Street Journal is reporting on the increased demand for pilots, increased wages, and signing bonuses, such as $20,000 from Mesa Airlines, a carrier that flies for American Airlines.
Southwest plans to hire 5,300 people by the end of this year. Other airlines have announced hiring surges.
As flying returns to pre-Covid levels, Emirates Airline continues to expand its staff.
With the travel demand increasing, the pilot shortage has created lucrative careers for commercial pilots.
Piedmont Airlines is offering more than $180,000 in potential bonuses to recruit and retain pilots amid a massive shortage
Pilots flying for American Airlines’ regional carrier subsidiary Piedmont Airlines are eligible to earn over $180,000 in retention bonuses. Envoy Air and PSA Airlines are also offering generous bonuses, up to $150,000.
With travel surging again, airline pilots are in high demand, and six-figure salaries are common.
The same day Southwest announced profits of $348 million, the company’s CEO said it is harder than ever to recruit new employees. Southwest is known for high wages and generous profit-sharing.
Wizz Air, based in Hungary and serving 44 countries, has announced plans to hire 4,600 pilots within the next 9 years.
FedEx is adding 3,000 workers to its base in Memphis and 80,000 nationwide. This hiring surge will include pilots.
United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and American Airlines are in need of pilots, so they are fast-tracking trainees. An estimated 5,000 airline pilots in the U.S. retired during the pandemic, and the major airlines need 5,000 to 6,000 pilots a year.