‘Airlines to hire 1.9 lakh by 2028’


Aircraft maintenance, security to be among fastest-growing categories: report

Notwithstanding the financial issues faced by Jet Airways and Air India, Indian carriers will require an additional 1.09 lakh employees in the next nine years, including 14,000 pilots, to support their growth plans, aviation consulting and research firm Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) India said in its projections.

From now till FY2028, airline companies would require an additional 50,411 administrative staff while additional 22,706 maintenance engineers would be needed.

CAPA had estimated that airlines would hire an additional 16,722 cabin crew.

General aviation would also require an additional 1,292 engineers, 1,415 pilots and 2,711 administrative and management staff.

Air navigation

Besides this Indian airports, airport-based service providers and air navigation operations would require an additional 1,47,000 employees by 2028, CAPA India said.

“The fastest growing categories are expected to be aircraft maintenance, customs, immigration and quarantine, fire safety, security, ATC/CNS, commercial and retail, all of which are expected to grow at CAGR of 10 to 17% between FY2018 and FY2028,” the consulting firm said.

A total of 17,000 more pilots need to be hired considering the attrition rate of 3 to 5% (3,446 pilots) to West Asia and on medical reasons.

Structural issue

“With aircraft being grounded, expat pilots having to be recruited and ATR deliveries being postponed, the shortage of pilots has now become a structural issue for Indian aviation,” CAPA India said. It said the pilot utilisation in India was averaging just 59.1% in India.

“At most, Indian carriers, pilots are flying at best 660-720 hours per annum but the average is 591 hours out of a maximum limit of 1,000,” CAPA India said.


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