Thursday, August 02, 2018

Pilot shortage troubles Indian aviation sector

New Delhi: Following a shortage of pilots in the country, the government has extended the deadline for expat pilots to work in India. But with an increasing fleet of planes and a booming aviation market, there will be a big requirement of commanders to be met.

There are 290 expat pilots out of the total 7,000 pilots with domestic airlines in India, who can now continue to work in the country up till December 31, 2020 as against their phasing out at the end of this year. The government decision comes after the insufficient number of pilots, especially commanders (captains), was reported in the Indian aviation sector.

“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 seven-eight years that will require over 10,000 additional pilots,” the press quoted Kapil Kaul, South Asia CEO of Sydney-based consultant CAPA Centre for Aviation.
01/08/18  Surbhi Kapila/Media India Group
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