The aviation sector of India is booming in recent times with the introduction of new foreign investment policy. While the general tourists visit this mystic land to explore its vivacity of cultural heritage, the business tycoons would love to invest in its flourishing business industry. However, there are tourists who seek to bathe in the river of spirituality and India is always at the top when tranquility matters. As a result, in recent days the international airline industry is showing keen interest to operate frequent flight services to India which in all likelihood will improve India’s airline service.
India’s aviation industry may be passing through turbulence because of the troubles at Jet Airways. Beyond cyclical headwinds, airliners are grappling with a gaping shortfall of talent, data from staffing firm. 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.
“All three job roles are among the projected high-demand jobs in the Indian aviation industry,” said Rituparna Chakraborty, co-founder of TeamLease Services. The current projections point to higher demand for aviation jobs than supply, and cannot be satisfied with low and slow entry-level rate, she said. “With most airlines in expansion mode and looking to add more than 100 aircraft through the end of 2020, we believe that the industry could add up to 18,000 jobs (direct and indirect) across levels and functions in the same time period,” said Paul Dupuis, managing director at Randstad India.
IndiGo, the market leader which had to trim its flight schedules due to a shortage of pilots. If experts are to be believed, IndiGo’s competitors too are not quite well-staffed to expand routes. IndiGo, which is facing acute shortage of commanders due to aggressive fleet expansion, hired about 100 Boeing 737 commander-level pilots from Jet Airways. But that may not be enough.
Training academies, meanwhile, are expanding their capacities to meet the rising demand for airlines professionals.
Around 250 pilots are trained in India every year while the industry needs as many as 900, said YN Sharma, chief executive of Chimes Aviation Academy, which trains pilots. The institute, which trains around 80 pilots every year, plans to expand capacity to train 120 pilots in next 4-5 months. India's aviation sector is expected to witness 35,000Cr investment in the next four years, according to industry estimates. Domestic capacity addition (available seat kilometres or the passenger-carrying capacity) grew 10.5% in February.
Bowling Green State University