Experts: Airline salary pressures could limit service to small markets

10/26/2010 | Dallas Morning News (free registration), The

Even with the financial hardships airlines have faced, industry consultant Michael Boyd says salaries will eventually have to increase to attract and retain qualified employees -- a move that could endanger service to smaller communities. Heightened training requirements will contribute to the pressure for higher pilot pay, he noted: "[I]f they're going to have to have that much training and expertise, you're going to have to raise the rates you pay them." Speaking at the same conference, MIT's William Swelbar said that higher salaries would mean "there are going to be markets that are just uneconomic to serve going forward."

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