When you think about an industry that has been
disproportionately affected by this pandemic, the
airline industry will come to mind. Since borders are shut and people are
afraid to travel, this industry is virtually dead. As a result, some pilots and
flight attendants have to be retrenched. To keep the cost of operation low,
they have to be let go. It’s unfortunate that this industry that’s at the
height of success due to booming tourism around the world is now facing a
terrible crisis. The lack of profit and the retrenchment of employers might
already seem bad, but it’s even worse for the industry.
Planes have to keep flying
Airlines are trying to reduce the overall cost of
operations, but they still have a problem- the need to constantly fly planes.
Imagine flying planes to different destinations but without making any profit.
The expenses are roughly the same, but they’re not getting out of it.
Why? Airplanes, like your car, have to be constantly
used to guarantee their performance. Otherwise, they will deteriorate. The
moving parts will start to have repair issues. Dealing with those problems
later will be costlier than just flying the plane constantly. Another issue is
that airlines have to keep their routes. In order to land at certain airports,
especially the busy ones, they have to pay for their spot. They also need to
keep their planes flying there. Otherwise, they could lose it to another
airline. Due to the cost, some airlines have decided to just let go of their
spots. Others remain hopeful that they can use those spots soon, so they keep
paying the fees and flying the planes.
Pilots couldn’t do the job well
Even if things get better in the future and flights
get back to normal, there are still problems that will linger. Pilot training
is one of them. Pilots have to keep flying to earn more hours and become better
at their job. They can no longer do it because there are fewer flights. Others
have been laid off and couldn’t practice the profession. If they get back to
work, they have to work on retraining. Add to that the pressure this crisis
brought to their mental health. Staying mentally healthy is extremely important
for pilots. If the terrible situation of the industry is wearing them down,
they might have a hard time focusing when they have to work again. Imagine the
impact of the stress on pilots to the safety of the passengers.
We’ve already heard about some airlines that have filed
for bankruptcy. Some of them are huge airlines, and others even have a huge
stake from the government. Their closure is terrible for the industry in
general. There will be fewer competition and some airlines will feel free to raise
the airline tickets as much as they want. Even without this problem,
tickets will increase anyway to recuperate overall losses due to this
Hopefully, we can still avert this crisis and salvage
the airline industry.
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