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Friday, 29 December, 2017, 13 : 00 PM [IST]

Airlines likely to hire over 7,000 pilots in the next 5 years

According to a PTI teport, domestic carriers are expected to hire more than 7,000 pilots over the next five years, the government informed Parliament yesterday. These vacancies are likely to emerge as Indian airlines plan to induct more than 900 aircraft into their fleets in the coming years. "The Indian Scheduled Airline Operators have estimated employment opportunities for about 3,700 pilots and 3,600 co- pilots in the next five years," said Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Govt of India, in the Lok Sabha. A total of 3,603 pilots and 3,914 co-pilots, and 15,030 cabin crew are currently employed by scheduled Indian airlines as per data maintained by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Sinha added. In response to a question on whether Air India has a shortage of pilots and cabin crew, the government said that the airline has sufficient number of pilots and flight. It added Air India’s regional subsidiary Airline Allied Service Limited or Alliance Air plans to hire pilots from abroad because of shortage of ATR commanders.
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