A third of airline pilots still not flying as Covid-19 pandemic drags on, survey shows

26/1/2022 8:29:00 PM

A third of airline pilots still not flying as Covid-19 pandemic drags on, survey shows

according to a new survey, though the situation has improved from a year earlier when the majority were grounded.A poll of more than 1,700 pilots by British-based Goose Recruitment and industry publication FlightGlobal, released on Wednesday (Jan 26), found 62 per cent globally were employed and currently flying, up from 43 per cent a year earlier.

The proportion of unemployed pilots fell from 30 per cent to 20 per cent, while 6 per cent were on furlough, compared with 17 per cent previously as air traffic began to bounce back from 2020 lows.But in the Asia-Pacific region, the worst-hit globally by a drop in international travel due to tough border restrictions, the proportion of those unemployed rose from 23 per cent to 25 per cent. The region also had the lowest number that were employed flying at 53 per cent.

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