Middle East Region to Experience Pilot Shortage

29th Aug 2022

The declining supply of pilots is causing a nearing blow of pilot shortage across the Middle east region, that is the case as seen through the latest publication by Oliver Wyman citing various causes among others. The figures shows that pilot shortage could be felt later this year with approximately 3000 pilots needed by next year to up to 18,000 by 2032, unless measures will be adopted to prevent such from happening.

“We expect the Middle East to be the region affected soonest by the shortage outside of North America, driven by a projected sharp increase in air travel demand over the next few years, new players entering the market and big tourism developments happening in the region,” André Martins, Partner Head of IMEA Transportation and Services at management consulting firm Oliver Wyman said in a statement.

“If demand for air travel continues to grow, airlines need to accelerate recruiting efforts from other regions where we anticipate less acute shortages, particularly Latin America and Asia Pacific, to fill gaps,” Martins added. “Failing that, we may see adjustment of schedules into and out of the region, impacting the Middle East’s carriers and airport operators.”

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