The Middle East will need 58,000 new pilots to meet air passenger demand in the region over the next 20 years, according to US plane maker Boeing.
Its 2016 Pilot and Technician Outlook also revealed that the region will need to recruit a further 66,000 technicians and 92,000 cabin crew in the same period.
Globally, Boeing forecasts that between 2016 and 2035, the world's commercial aviation industry will require about 617,000 new commercial airline pilots, 679,000 new maintenance technicians and 814,000 new cabin crew.
The 2016 outlook shows a growth of approximately 11 percent over the 2015 outlook for pilots and maintenance technicians. Demand is driven by changes in fleet mix and overall fleet growth, Boeing added.
The outlook represents a global requirement for about 31,000 new pilots, 35,000 new technicians and 40,000 cabin crew annually.
The Asia-Pacific region comprises 40 percent of the global need due to the growth in the single-aisle market which is driven by low-cost carriers, while North America is the result of new markets opening in Cuba and Mexico, and demand in Europe has increased as a response to a strong intra-European Union market, the report said.
Source: Arabian Business