According to Time Magazine, "U.S. airlines are facing a pilot shortage that’s complicating efforts to ramp up flights, forcing them to step up training programs, recruit foreign pilots, and even replace planes with buses." That's not a joke. United is offering to transport passengers by bus from Denver to smaller regional airports in Colorado such as Breckenridge and Fort Collins.
"We’re making it easier for you to enjoy all the hiking, rafting, and skiing that Colorado has to offer," wrote United Airlines on their website. "Now, you can book your Colorado adventure, fly into Denver and connect to Breckenridge or Fort Collins with luxury ground transportation provided by The Landline Company — all booked seamlessly through united.com or the United app."
American Airlines is also introducing a bus service for short routes between Philadelphia and nearby regional airports. "Landline and American have partnered to provide a premium experience for all customers on our services. Each Landline segment includes seat assignments, premium seating, and free onboard wi-fi."
The bus services will reportedly operate similar to a typical flight on an airline. Passengers will drive to the airport as if they are catching a plane. Check-in for luggage will be at the normal ticket counter, and bags will be loaded onto the vehicle. Then, passengers will proceed to the designated gate where they will board a bus directly to their destination.
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