Vietnam aviation industry craving for highly-qualified manpower
The Hanoitimes - Vietnam`s aviation market is regarded as one of the most thriving in the world over the past decade with the average turnover growth of 17.4%, twice the rate of 7.9% througout Asia, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The country's aviation industry is experiencing double-digit growth as new air carriers are joining the market while others in operation are given green light to expand their fleets, according to Boeing’s recent report on Pilots and Technicians Outlook 2019.
National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines is operating 105 airplanes and employing 1,100 pilots, of whom 75% are Vietnamese and 25% are foreigners, as well as 1,800 technicians, who are qualified to do the aircraft maintenance work under the strict safety requirements of the US’ Federation Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The carrier is projected to expand its fleet from 135 to 177 airplanes by 2025, leading to higher demand for cabin crews, pilots and technicians.
Besides, other Vietnamese airlines including Vietjet, Jet Star, Vasco, the new entrant Bamboo Airways and the yet-to-debut Vinpearl Air are also craving for highly qualified staff in the coming time.
At present, as many as 71 international and domestic air carriers are operating 140 flight routes, connecting Vietnam with 28 countries and territories. The figures show the huge demand for inbound and outbound air transportation in Vietnam.
However, Vietnam's aviation is facing a shortage of skilled personnel as the training is time-consuming and their foreign language proficiency among the technicians is poor compared to those from neighboring countries.
As a result, aviation experts suggest Vietnam should focus on luring, nurturing and promoting the competent people to the aviation industry by improving policies of training and internship to enhance relevant skills as well as favorable salary regime.
Additionally, the Government, relevant departments and agencies are also suggested to amend regulations to ensure a healthy competitive environment for air carriers and workers as well as improve training for pilots, technicians, and air traffic controller for the sustainable development of the aviation market.
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