Australia expected to ease visa restrictions on foreign pilots as planes left grounded

Australia expected to ease visa restrictions on foreign pilots as planes left groundedThe Australian government is expected to relax restrictions on visas for foreign pilots as a national shortage sees planes grounded and flights canceled, aviation officials said on Friday. Australia earlier this year removed pilots from a list of eligible professions allowed to work in the country as so-called skilled migrants amid a crackdown to promote “Australia-first”. With a global shortage of pilots, Australia’s international carriers have lost staff to competitors, forcing them to recruit from domestic carriers, who are in turn employing trained pilots from smaller regional airlines.



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