In a Senate hearing, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby, noted that 100 planes are grounded because of a pilot shortage. “There has been a looming pilot shortage for the last decade in the United States, and going through COVID it became an actual pilot shortage,” Kirby said during a Senate hearing with other airline executives. The 100 regional aircraft are sitting idle “because there’s not enough pilots to fly them,” meaning that United can’t fly to all of the smaller communities that it would like to, Kirby said. “I’m a little less optimistic that that situation is going to reverse

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