Amid labor shortage, St. George-based SkyWest looking to become ‘commuter air carrier’

SkyWest is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation to find solutions to the pilot shortage.

St. George • Earlier this summer St. George-based SkyWest, Inc. announced it was creating a new charter service aimed at providing flights for underserved communities in the United States.

The move is seen as a way to help serve destinations that have either had air service dropped or are at risk of losing it due to the pilot shortage.

Like many other industries, commercial aviation has been impacted by a labor shortage spurred by the pandemic and other factors. Many pilots have taken early retirement while others have found employment elsewhere.

Marissa Snow, a spokeswoman for SkyWest, told St. George News that the lack of pilots has forced the airline to “make adjustments” in some of the routes it offers.

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