Twenty-Somethings Flock To India Cockpits Amidst Pilot Shortage

As Aero-News reported last week, the law of supply and demand is at work in India… a country struggling to find pilots to fly its ever-expanding fleet of airliners. But instead of looking outside the country for new recruits, some India airlines say native twenty-somethings are answering the call, and flocking to flight training programs.

It isn’t hard to see why. Pilot compensation packages are increasing… with the average monthly salary for an entry-level pilot at Rs 1.5 lakh, or about $3,000.

Just three years ago the average entry level pilot was 23 years old, compared to today’s 20 year old. And that figure will continue to fall, according to industry experts.

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