The Indian aviation sector is growing rapidly. To cope up with its demands, a lot of new pilots will have to be appointed. Accordingly, the civil aviation minister, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri said on Monday that India will need about 9,488 new pilots in the next five years.
In a written reply to the upper house of the Indian Parliament, Shri Puri informed that the total number of pilots currently employed in the country with all scheduled airlines is around 9073. He hinted that the government should naturally be building new pilot training institutes in the country.
It was evident from his statement that the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) issues only about 700 to 800 commercial pilot licences every year. Out of these pilots, more than 30% get their training in foreign organisations and institutions. If the current pilot deficit is to be met, instant measures have to be taken.
In recent years, the aviation sector in the country has been witnessing a significant increase in the number of passengers. This is chiefly due to the presence of affordable carriers like IndiGo. But because of the current global pandemic, the whole sector has taken a huge hit.
This is true for almost all of the airlines in the world. While many airlines are almost trapped under huge debts, some of them have already filed for government aid or for legally notified bankruptcy. The global aviation body International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimated in March that in 2020, the airlines’ industry will lose more than USD 115 billion. IATA represents about 290 airlines and 82 per cent of the global air traffic.
This is the reason why many domestic carriers were found to adopt austerity measures in the last couple of months. Under these cost-cutting measures, the employees took pay cuts, underwent layoffs and even had to take leaves without pay for indefinite periods in many of the airlines inside of India.