InselAir is facing a shortage of pilots
WILLEMSTAD - The Curaçao airline InselAir has a shortage of pilots. This is according to the Director of International Affairs Director Edward Heerenveen. The company now carries out some seventy flights a day but is four to five pilots too short.
One of the measures taken by the aviation company is that the pilots cannot go on vacation for now. The cause for this shortage, among other things, is that a number of pilots have reached the age of retirement.
According to Heerenveen it is difficult to find aviators. “Often pilots go to work in other countries because there are more attractive salaries and conditions.”
“Pilots don’t have any kind of incentive to come to Curaçao and work. And they simply cannot work over time,” said the Director.
This shortage a is definitely a factor that contributes to all the recent delays. “It has our attention. There are more factors that play a role in these delays like mechanical problems. Our airplanes fly many hours because of our heavy itinerary,” said Heerenveen.
InselAir receives a lot of criticism about the delays, but Heerenveen emphasizes that the company is not flying with aircraft that have mechanical issues.