Pilot-Hungry Airlines Struggle with Global Pilot Shortage

Airlines are facing an increasing pilot shortage worldwide. IndiGo, which is India’s largest passenger airline, grounded 10 Airbus A320-neo aircraft and cancels 30 flights per daydue to several reasons including pilot shortage. The entire commercial airline industry is facing a shortage of pilots for both cargo and passenger planes. FedEx, the world’s largest airline by freight tonne-kilometres flown, is dealing with an impending pilot shortage.

Numbers aside, the case is clear: the pilot shortage is real.

One of the main reasons for air transport demand growth may be economic growth and low-cost airline expansion.

Pilot age and flight time limitations have a serious effect on the pilot shortage growth.

USA market faces the “Baby Boomer” pilot generation issue where these experienced pilots – almost 50% of the pilots flying today – are about to retire.

Furthermore, the flight time limitations set the requirements of minimum flight hour experience to fly for commercial airlines or first officer upgrade to captain as well as the daily pilot flight schedules.

In recent years, a growing trend has emerged: airlines are fishing for talented professional pilots. Facing the pilot shortage issue, airlines are being forced into strategic recruitment planning. It is competency-based training with new attitude to pilot training which allows to prepare a pilot in just 14-24 months. Although there is no reason why women could not enter the profession, the number of female pilots amounts to less than 5% of Europe’s pilots.

Future: Huge Pilot Demand

290,000 is the number of active pilots worldwide, according to one statista.com report. The estimated future pilot demand is going hand in hand with air transport growth and forecasts show that pilot number will get more than double (between 700,000 and 800,000) in the next 20 years.

Collected and summarized from the source below by Minh Pham  https://aviationvoice.com/pilot-hungry-airlines-struggle-with-global-pilot-shortage-201906101447/