Spring Airlines slows expansion due to pilot shortage; strategy evolves

Spring Airlines, since its establishment in 2005, has defied the odds by growing rapidly and profitably in the heavily regulated Chinese market that favours the larger, state-owned carriers. While it has had success as the nation’s largest LCC, it has faced a number of challenges. The latest hurdle is a lack of pilots, which is forcing the carrier to curtail its growth and enact a change in strategy.

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