Global Pilot Training Platform Managing Director Says Staffing Deficit ‘To Continue in the Near-Term’

05th Sep 2022

Maximilian Buerger, Managing Director of AFM, spoke with Gulf News, one of the leading News Papers in the Gulf Region, about the staffing deficit across the airline industry. Please see an extract of the article below;

“This effect will most probably continue in its current form for the near-term and that’s because to get people working in aviation jobs again, it requires a certain amount of training,” said Buerger.

“Setting up simulators is expensive and only certain countries are investing in building this infrastructure. The UAE has invested heavily in this space and now training centers here are seeing pilots and cabin crew from all around the world. There’s also another problem that could affect the industry in the coming years and that’s getting young adults and children interested in aviation again. If someone considers joining aviation, they ask themselves: ‘What if there’s another pandemic? Will I lose my job?’, explained Buerger. “Sadly, many people could not wait for two years to get their jobs back and have moved on to other industries.”

Buerger said that despite negative perception that the industry currently faces, nonetheless, airlines are offering monetary incentives through doubling or tripling pilot pays and even up to the extent of paying for these pilots’ flight training expenses.

Source: GulfNews

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