More than half of the world‘s airline pilots are no longer flying for a living, according to a global survey showing how the Covid-19 pandemic has devastated the profession.
The 2021 pilot survey by the aviation recruitment company Goose and publisher FlightGlobal found that only 43% of pilots are still employed. The October survey included nearly 2,600 flight crews worldwide.
While vaccinations remain aviation’s great hope of recovery, flare-ups and mutated variants of the virus have hurt prospects for a steady return of scheduled services.
The International Air Transport Association has stated that flying may not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024, which is a drag on the piloting profession for a long time.
In the survey, 30% of respondents said they were unemployed and 17% said they were on leave. Another 6% still work in aviation, but in a non-flying role, and 4% in total had switched to another industry.
Of the regions represented in the survey, the US was the least affected with 20% of the unemployed pilots. China had the largest group of holiday pilots at 24%. In a sign of optimism, almost three quarters of the pilots expect the industry to recover completely in one to three years.
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