A shortage of pilots at Air Do, the Sapporo-based low-cost carrier (LCC) that operates six flights from Hokkaido to Honshu, has caused the cancellation of 34 flights in November. The two suspended routes departing from New Chitose Airport are being attributed to pilots retiring from their jobs.
Air Do said the retirement of one pilot in August of this year and another in October has created difficulties in sorting out the present flight schedule, Sankei Shimbun reported. Therefore, Air Do announced it will partially suspend flights from New Chitose Airport to Haneda and Sendai.
According to Air Do, approximately 2,400 passengers will be affected by the carrier’s suspension of 34 flights.
Currently, pilots are globally in high demand within the aviation industry due to the surge of LCCs.© Japan Today