Hong Kong has aviation manpower shortage. Airport jobs will double to 15,000 when the third runway gets built in 3 to 4 years, but companies may find it difficult to fill vacancies. A shortage of manpower is limiting Hong Kong’s position in the aircraft maintenance industry even though it is home to the world’s No 2 service provider.
According to Boeing, Middle Eastern airlines will require more than 200,000 additional personnel to serve their new aircraft deliveries over the next decade.
The company’s pilot and engineer outlook released this year forecast the need for 97,000 cabin crew, 64,000 pilots and 66,000 engineers in the region, behind only Asia Pacific, Europe and North America in terms of demand.
Middle East airlines to require more than 200,000 additional staff by 2035
Much of this growth is likely to be attributed to Gulf big three airlines Dubai’s Emirates, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and Qatar Airways.
Emirates alone projected it would hire a total of 10,000 new employees this year.
Boeing forecast that between now and 2035 the aviation will need to supply more than two million new aviation personnel globally, including 617,000 commercial airline pilots, 679,000 maintenance engineers, and 814,000 cabin crew
New technologies, devices, and training methods will be needed to meet a wide range of learning styles. The growing diversity of aviation personnel will also require instructors to have cross-cultural and cross-generational skills to engage tomorrow’s workforce,” it said.
Global economic expansion was cited as one of the chief reasons for growing airline fleets.