Horizon Air, the regional airline within Alaska Air Group, will cut its flight schedule later this summer because of a shortage of pilots for its Q400 turboprop planes, the Seattle Times reports.
Among the planned cancellations in August is one of eight daily flights between Seattle and Boise. Passengers who already have booked flights between Aug. 4 and Sept. 3 will be rebooked.
This past month, the shortage forced Horizon to cancel more than 318 flights because it didn’t have enough pilots to fly all its planes, the Times reported. More unplanned cancellations are expected through July.
To attract Q400 pilots, Horizon has raised their starting pay to a $40,000 base, with a $15,000 hiring bonus.
The shortage has hurt small airports like the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport west of Moscow, the Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports. Three flights were canceled in May for lack of a crew, airport Executive Director Tony Bean said this week.
And it has hurt some flight schools, such as Inter-State Aviation in Pullman, Washington.
“I’ve got airplanes sitting out there doing nothing because I’ve only got one full-time flight instructor,” Inter-State President Doug Gadwa said, according to the Daily News. He used to have six.