Pilot Shortage Squeezes Rex
The global scope of the airline pilot shortage became all too clear to Australia’s Regional Express (Rex) last month, when the Sydney-based Saab 340 operator found itself forced temporarily to suspend service between the Queensland capital and the Snowy Mountains (Cooma). The suspension began November 19 and will last until next May 18, said the airline. Rex recently canceled a number of flights due to crew sickness, a circumstance that has toppled it from the top of the country’s reliability standings. In an effort to reverse the trend, Rex signed an MOU last month to base a new pilot training school at Mangalore Airport, Victoria.