Delta Air Lines will cut pilot recruitment in half in 2024 compared to last year: What is the reason
The American airline Delta Air Lines will reduce pilot recruitment in 2024. This indicates that the demand for personnel in the aviation industry is slowly returning to normal and the post-pandemic rush will no longer be there.
The carrier's plans for this year include hiring about 1,000 pilots, which is half as many as in 2023, Skift writes. However, Delta Air Lines assured that such an indicator is also a sign of a good result of the company's work and its development.
During the pandemic, many pilots lost their jobs due to the suspension of flights and a sharp decline in demand for air travel. However, when the restrictions were eased, the industry faced a significant need for people amid passenger interest in flying.
"Delta's hiring forecasts for 2024 show continued healthy and robust demand for pilots. We expect very strong but more normalized growth next year, reflecting Delta's full recovery from the pandemic and continued commitment to industry leadership," the company said in a statement.
According to the carrier, they cannot hire thousands of pilots every year because there is no such need. Recent years have been an exception to the rule as the company was forced to recover from the pandemic at a rapid pace.
In addition, the aviation industry is facing a hiring crisis. Last year, many crew members of various airlines around the world went on strike, demanding better conditions and salaries.