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Pilots Voting to Authorize Strikes – What This Means for the Industry

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The news of American Airline pilots voting to authorize strikes has been making headlines recently, raising concerns about the potential disruption in air travel. The vote was conducted by the Allied Pilots Association (APA), and while this doesn’t necessarily mean that a strike is imminent, it is important to note what kind of impact this would have on air travel and the industry – especially since 96% of American’s pilots participated in this vote and 99% of those who voted were in favor of the strike.  

This potential strike was motivated by several factors, including negotiating another salary increase. After Delta Airlines reached a 34% increase in raises, American Airline and United Airline pilots are determined to do whatever it takes to meet their own needs. Between pilots going on strike and the current pilot shortage stretching across the industry, airlines are becoming more competitive when it comes to salaries and benefits in order to attract and retain pilots. APA’s president, Captain Ed Sicher stated that they “Will strike if necessary to secure the industry-leading contract that our pilots have earned and deserve – a contract that will position American Airlines for success.”

With today’s pilots negotiating pay increases, better benefits, and improved scheduling, what does that mean for the next generation of future aviators? Although news of a potential strike may be concerning for air travel and scheduling, it is important to remember that this is still an excellent time to become a pilot. With the demand for pilots on the rise, the salaries and benefits are only going to continue to improve. If you are considering a career in aviation, now is the time to take advantage of this growing industry and pursue your dreams of becoming a pilot. To learn more, contact us or read about our Pilot Pathway Program! 

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