Due to alleged pilot shortage, Republic Airways, the Indianapolis-based company that owns Republic Airlines and Shuttle America, filed for bankruptcy Thursday. United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and American Airlines use Republic as a feeder carrier, completing hundreds of short-haul flights daily. No other passenger carriers have filed for bankruptcy since American Airlines did so in 2011.
Aviation consultant Michael Boyd claims the move will not have an impact on the flying public. “But it does recognize that that sector of the industry… is atrophying,” Boyd said.
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