Friday, July 27, 2018

Massive pilot shortage scripts big windfall for expats

Government has extended the permission for foreign pilots to work in Indian carriers by two years and has shifted the deadline to phase them out from this year-end to December 31, 2020. This decision came as it became quite clear that India is facing a severe crisis of pilots, especially commanders and this will continue for a while, according to a report by Times of India.

There are 290 expat pilots out of the total 7,000 pilots with the domestic airlines. Speculation is also there that the 2020 end would not be the fixed deadline as compared to the increasing number of flights as there are not adequate number of Indian pilots.

“At present, scheduled Indian airlines have over 7,000 pilots for their combined fleet of over 600 planes. This year itself the shortage is of over 250 pilots. Given the order books of our airlines, 1,100 aircraft are supposed to join in 7-8 years that will require over 10,000 additional pilots,” said CAPA  India head
27/07/18 ZeeBiz