@RisePilot Are you quietly forgetting the huge personal investment and risk, plus loss of income, that a Commercial pilot makes, in order to qualify?.........I can't think of another industry or profession, where the individual not only pays their own training, but realistically, cannot work during that time, thus shortening their working life and they don't get any tax-relief on that investment either.
If as @Flyingfemme mentioned, they invested that sum elsewhere, as a beancounter,- their sole objective would seem to be to inflate the company's balance-sheet "profit" cream-off an inflated pay and bonus and jump ship before the hollowed-out company crashes.
Mercedes -Benz...spent many years building an enviable reputation for quality, reliability and longevity. The bean-counters virtually destroyed that reputation in the '90's breakdowns, gearboxes, engines and flooded electronics abounded- those that did perform,soon turned into rust-buckets. They have subsequently revisited their core- values and survive.
Pilots,it seems, love their job, Management exploit this fact.
Working- hours are the envy of most. Train-drivers are driving a similarly high- value piece of machinery, but vastly more pax for a far longer working life. The responsibility must weigh heavily.
I concur that fares are the problem with scheduled air services. I did Manchester Schiphol return for under £60...and both flights were full...Couldn't get to London by train for that (or drive!)