More than Half of Pilots Grounded Due to COVID


More than half of the world's airline pilots aren't flying anymore.

Reuters reports that a survey of pilots in the UK found 43-percent are doing the job they were trained to do while 30%are unemployed, 17% furloughed and 10% have jobs that keep them on the ground.

Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong cut pilot pay by 58% and Turkish Airways and Singapore Airlines have also cut salaries.

Before the pandemic there was a global shortage of pilots and the demand for aviators pushed up their salaries and working conditions.

The pilot who have kept their jobs say COVID-19 is causing in credible stress as they face scattered rules country by country and the possibility of being quarantined during normal flight rotations.

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