ICAO stress concerns for the aviation industry’s ability to meet the growing demand for flights.
Forecasts show annual flights are to double to 50 million by 2030, and the number of aircraft to triple to 151,000.
However, there is a growing concern regarding the number of licensed pilots required to meet this demand - over 980,000 pilots, which equates to 52,500 pilots being trained each year. But in order to meet these figures, there would need to be 8,146 more flight schools to facilitate the increased capacity.
Although the shortage will affect flights globally, it will have worse impacts in Asia, Africa and Latin America, which are currently showing the largest passenger growth. Furthermore there will also be a shortage of 18,000 maintenance personnel.
On the other hand, these figures appear to have decreased since summer 2011 when ICAO forecasted a 2 million shortfall of aviation professionals.
To meet these demands, ICAO are trying new methods to attract young people to become aviation professionals
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