Horizon Air has cancelled 720 flights in December 2016, another 318 last month and may be another 700 in August 2017. The reason for the cancellation is explained as shortage of Pilots.
As a solution to this crisis Horizon is scheduling the managers who are pilots to fly the routes. It also offers double time pay to the existing pilots who could take up extra flights. Alaska Group says it expects to hire 300 new pilots this year.
This strategy of Horizon Air which is owned by Alaska Group, which flies to more than 40 cities across the United States, Canada and Mexico, is seen merely as a temporary and not a permanent solution. Furthermore there is a question as to whether the crisis is due to shortage of pilots or inadequate pay for staff.
Horizon Air started its operation in 1981 with only three Fairchild F 27, is having 57 planes. It has won the Regional Airline of the year award in 2007. Once it had been the 8th largest regional airline in USA. It was purchased by Alaska Air group in 1986.
Continuation of this glory is possible if the situation handled positively.