by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – An “extraordinary” worldwide pilot shortage has reached a critical stage, a new analysis finds, requiring “innovative solutions” to solve the hiring crisis before flight schedules and routes are affected.
In all, more than two million aviation jobs will need to be filled, including pilots, cabin crews, and maintenance technicians to keep fleets operational.
“Airlines across the globe are expanding their fleets and flight schedules to satisfy demand generated by global economic expansion,” Boeing’s report notes.
“New market opportunities are creating an increased demand for qualified, skilled, and experienced pilots.”
Pilot Shortage Acute in Asia Pacific
The looming pilot shortage is most acutely felt in the Asia Pacific Region, the analysis found.
In all, 253,000 pilots will be needed in that part of the globe—more than double any other region worldwide.
North America will need 117,000 qualified people for cockpit crews, followed by 106,000 in Europe, 63,000 in the Middle East, 52,000 in Latin America, and 24,000 in Africa, Boeing calculates.