There is a shortage of flight attendants at Honolulu’s Oahu International Airport, a concern shared by the Hawaiian Airports Authority.
The agency said in a news release Monday that there are just 16 certified flight attendants in its system and that those who do receive training are only available during peak times.
That means the airport is forced to train the next generation of flight attendant, which means the shortage of workers could continue for years.
The FAA also noted that flight attendants are not required to complete an FAA training program.
Instead, they receive a refresher course, which covers the basics like how to conduct a flight and what to do if they get stuck.
They can be transferred to other airports for training.
The airport is also training new hires in the basics of flying, like how the aircraft controls, how to get the aircraft on the runway and how to perform a ground landing, according to the news release.
That’s something they’re going to need to do during an emergency if the airport needs to be able to respond quickly, said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
This isn’t something that we’ve ever seen before in Hawaii, he said.
If there’s an emergency, it’s not something we can do without having a pilot or a mechanic who can do it.
The airport has to be prepared for it.
In addition to training, the FAA is looking for flight attendants to fill jobs that don’t require a pilot, such as flight attendants on charter planes, which can fly a limited number of passengers.
The hiring freeze is part of a plan to address staffing shortages that were affecting other airports, including Honolulu’s.
In the past two weeks, the city has been working with a contractor to improve staffing at the airport.
Hiring freezes also are in place for other airports across the country, including the Chicago airport, according the agency.
But Hawaii’s airport, like others across the nation, is facing an ongoing staffing shortage, according Huerts announcement.