What are the disadvantages of a regional airline?
The disadvantages of working for a regional airline are numerous. Starting pay is around $20-$25 per hour, but you will only get paid for hours you are flying. If you have to sit at an airport for 6 hours to wait on you next flight, you make nothing more than per diem (generally around $1.50 an hour). You have very hectic schedules, sometimes having to be at the airport as early as 4:00 am. You can legally be on duty for up to 16 hours a day. 12-14 hour days are common, and you may only be paid for half or less of the time. You can legally have as little as 8 hours of rest between duty periods. Once you factor in travel to time to and from the hotel, you may actually have as little as 6 hours in your hotel room. Job stabiltiy is another disadvantage. Furloughs are extremely common in this industry.