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California Pacific Airlines has announced it has suspended its operations at McClellan – Palomar Airport (CLD) in Carlsbad, California. The last flight departed on Dec. 22, 2018. The two-month-old airline says that the issue stems from the nationwide pilot shortage.
A statement by the airline says “there is full intent to resume flights from Carlsbad as soon as pilot levels are adequate to support the daily scheduled flights.” This however doesn’t give a clear indication when or if it will get airborne again. Founder and CEO Ted Vallas said that he hopes the issue could be resolved in less than two weeks.
In its statement released via Twitter, the airline says all fares booked through January will be automatically refunded to customers.
CPA has been operating from their base at Carlsbad with service to four western destinations; San Jose, Reno, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.
The airline is the passion project of its 97-year-old founder and CEO Ted Vallas, who has been working for the last 10 years to get the airline off the ground. He was hoping that his new airline would give travelers the option to skip the bigger San Diego airport and fly from Carlsbad instead.
The current pilot shortage is impacting more operators than just CPA. Emirates earlier this year had its own issues with the pilot shortage. And Boeing has reported that to meet demand the world needs to be training as many as 87 new pilots each day. With worldwide air travel set to boom during the next 20 years it’s clear CPA won’t be the last airline to be impacted by the current pilot shortage.
Featured photo via California Pacific Airlines
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