Although Asia Pacific remains the region with the highest overall demand, the anticipated number of pilots and technicians required in the Middle East has increased significantly, reflecting expected fleet expansion plans by the region's airlines.
Airlines across the globe are expanding their fleets and flight schedules to meet surging aviation demand in emerging markets. The industry continues to consider how to address challenges and fill the future pilot pipeline.
Emerging markets that have relied heavily on recruitment of pilots from outside their home markets will increasingly need a strong local foundation for developing and training qualified pilots.
Over the next 20 years, the Asia Pacific region, with a requirement for 216,000 new pilots, will see the largest growth in pilot demand. Europe will require 94,000; North America, 88,000; the Middle East, 55,000; Latin America, 45,000; the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), 18,000; and Africa, 17,000.