The sector is staring at a deficit of 500 pilots in 2019 against the 1,300 the airlines have on the roster now. There is a dearth of cabin crew as well—1,350 short of the optimum 4,900. To handle duties on the ground, there are only 9,200 personnel, compared with the requirement of 15,800, TeamLease data scrolls put together for ET reveal.
There is a huge shortage of captains, maintenance staff, route planning/scheduling experts, productivity planners, etc., said R Suresh, founder of boutique search and consulting firm INSIST Executive Search. In several of these areas, there is a lot of demand for expat professionals due to the paucity of local talent.
Industry experts said because of the huge demand-supply mismatch, the employment scenario in the aviation sector will continue to be positive, though the ongoing crisis may create a short-term blip in hiring sentiment. Training academies, meanwhile, are expanding their capacities to meet the rising demand for airlines professionals.
India's aviation sector is expected to witness 35,000-crore investment in the next four years, according to industry estimates. Domestic capacity addition (available seat kilometers or the passenger-carrying capacity) grew 10.5% in February, according to a report by stock broking firm Prabhudas Liladhar.
Courtesy - Economic Times
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