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ALPA Opposes Proposed Increase in Pilot Retirement Age

July 28, 2022

ALPA Opposes Proposed Increase in Pilot Retirement Age

At their 130th Regular Executive Board meeting of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), pilot leaders adopted a resolution opposing any attempts to increase the retirement age for professional airline pilots.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), at the direction of Congress with the 2007 Fair Treatment for Experienced Pilots Act (P.L. 110-135) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), currently mandate that airline pilots in multi-crew operations must retire at age 65. Increasing the retirement age will have significant unintended consequences and will displace pilots. Those airline pilots over 65 will be forced to leave the most desirable international routes to bid for domestic ones because the international age limit set by ICAO is 65. When age 65+ airline pilots return to domestic-only flying, they will then displace more junior pilots and both cohorts may require training on different aircraft, adding to the
training costs of air carriers. Furthermore, most regional airline pilots leave the regional industry long before age 65 for more lucrative jobs at mainline or low-cost carriers or other opportunities. Therefore, the pool of domestic-service pilots will not increase appreciably without additional training costs or disruptions. However, many U.S. airlines are claiming they cannot hire pilots fast enough as the aviation industry recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and air travel demand rebounds. ALPA is concerned that some airlines are trying to use this crisis to weaken safety regulations that make certain pilots are properly qualified and trained.
   —Please see http://www.alpa.org/news-and-events/newsroom/2022-05-19-alpa-opposes-increased-retirement-age for
the complete press release.