Pilot Demand Front Page of Major Indian Newspaper

19th Apr 2022

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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