SHORT­AGE OF PI­LOTS

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Al­though short­age of pi­lots in the re­cent past has ad­versely af­fected Re­gional Avi­a­tion in the US, in the Mid­dle East, the largest air­line Emi­rates, had to ground 18 per cent of its fleet. Emi­rates had to also re­duce pi­lot staffing on long-haul flights. Re­ports are that the air­line will idle 36 Boe­ing 777 and ten Air­bus A380 air­craft by July 2018. The air­line has al­ready cut the fre­quency of or elim­i­nated flights to some des­ti­na­tions.

Con­cerns over pi­lot short­ages were raised in a re­cent re­port from UK-based avi­a­tion re­cruit­ment spe­cial­ist AeroPro­fes­sional say­ing too lit­tle col­lab­o­ra­tive ac­tion was be­ing taken, specif­i­cally in the EU, to ad­dress the cri­sis. With in­dus­try de­mand grow­ing in Asia, the Mid­dle East and Africa, pi­lot short­age in Europe will be fur­ther ex­ac­er­bated by in­creased staff poach­ing and op­er­a­tional dis­rup­tions. The re­port cites train­ing costs, type rat­ings and pay as ma­jor bar­ri­ers to solv­ing the skills short­age, with the “fun­da­men­tal changes re­quired to com­bat the cri­sis still some way off ”. It also notes dif­fer­ent types of air­lines have been af­fected dif­fer­ently, with legacy and flag car­ri­ers least likely to suf­fer due to them of­fer­ing the best salary pack­ages and many ad­min­is­ter­ing their own train­ing schemes. The com­pany high­lights cost-ef­fec­tive train­ing, in­no­va­tive cadet schemes, en­hanced in­clu­sion, di­ver­sity and strate­gic re­cruit­ment plan­ning as ways for air­lines to stay ahead in “an in­creas­ingly competitive job mar­ket”.

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