Pilot Demand Front Page of Major Indian Newspaper

The rapid air travel recovery, restoration of airline pilot salaries in India and hiring by new startup airlines in India has driven a strong demand for pilots which is making the front page news of one of India’s most important Newspapers ‘The Economic Times’. Below text taken from Economic Times article;

“As things now stand, the sector is staring at a huge shortage of trained, type-rated pilots and ramp engineers. Various estimates showed that about 400-600 commercial pilots graduate every year from various flying training schools in India, whereas the country would require 1,500-2,000 pilots per year to meet the rising demand for air travel. That will mean the industry will need about 10,000 pilots over the next five years in a ‘business-as-usual’ situation.

Top flying schools and a host of newly established FTOs (flying training organisations) have seen a 25-30% increase in demand for training of pilots, engineers and cabin crew.

“There is a big push coming from the government in promoting aviation academies, which can not only help meet the domestic demand for pilots but also make India a flying destination – even for foreign students,” said Captain Bhagvati president, Bombay Flying Club. “We have seen a 25-30% increase in inquiries for training of pilots, engineers and cabin crew and a 10-15% increase in admissions.”

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