Airline axes flights in Austin due to pilot shortage

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AUSTIN (ABJ) — Via Airlines is cutting in half the weekly nonstop flights it makes between Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Candace O’Neil, a spokeswoman for the Birmingham airport, confirmed the airline will trim back service from BHM to ABIA from four times a week to two times a week between May 13 and June 29, citing a nationwide shortage of pilots.

Similar cutbacks are being made between Pittsburgh and Birmingham, and Via’s woes extend well beyond that, according to the Birmingham Business Journal, which recently reported the airline will postpone the flight from BHM to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, initially scheduled to launch on April 28, to June 27.

A nationwide shortage of airline pilots was also cited for those cutbacks. The airline also recently deferred the BHM to Mobile route because of lack of commitment from the business community.

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