ICAO Study Reveals Strong Demand for Qualified Aviation Personnel Up to 2030

MONTREAL, 8 March 2011 - More than two million jobs are projected for pilots, maintenance personnel and air traffic controllers as a result of the retirement of qualified professionals and the anticipated growth of commercial air transport to the year 2030.

According to a study just published by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) - Global and Regional 20-year Forecasts - Pilots, Maintenance Personnel and Air Traffic Controllers, ICAO estimates the number of commercially-operated aircraft will have jumped from 61,833 in 2010 to 151,565 between 2010 and 2030, and the number of departures from around 26 million to almost 52 million. This would more than double the current number of pilots, maintenance personnel and air traffic controllers worldwide.

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