Aviation sector manpower may grow to 1.17 lakh by 2017: Report

Manpower requirement of the aviation sector in India is expected to grow nearly two-fold to 1.17 lakh by 2017 as carriers induct new aircrafts in the fleet, says a report.

"The total manpower requirement of airlines is estimated to rise from 62,000 in FY11 to 1,17,000 by FY17. This includes pilots, cabin crew, aircraft engineers and technicians (MRO), ground handling staff, cargo handling staff, administrative and sales staff," a FICCI-KPMG report titled 'Enhancing Air Connectivity' released by Civil Aviation Secretary Ashok Lavasa said here.

Besides, the aviation industry is believed to generate indirect and induced employment of nearly six times the direct employment, it said.

"With direct employment across airports and airlines to be around 1,50,000 by FY17, the domestic aviation sector is expected to provide an indirect and induced employment to around 1 million people by FY17," it said.

Noting that every additional job created in the air transport results in creation of over six new jobs, the report said "the growth in the domestic aviation has created significant opportunities. With passengers and aircraft fleet likely to double by 2020, the need to strengthen the human resource development infrastructure is immediate."

India, which is currently the ninth largest aviation market in the world with a fleet of over 400 aircrafts, is expected to acquire third position by 2020 with the fleet size likely to stand over 1,000 planes.

"The domestic aviation industry is on a high growth path. India has a vision of becoming the third largest aviation market by 2020 and the largest aviation market by 2030," the report added.

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