One-third of airplane pilots have not yet flown due to a pandemic

New polls show that more than one-third of the world’s qualified pilots are currently absent from work. This may be the result of a reduction in travel during an ongoing CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.

A New investigation According to GOOSE Recruitment in parallel with the trade magazine FlightGlobal, only 62% of pilots are currently employed, 20% are unemployed and 6% are currently employed.

Global survey figures make up a significant improvement from last year when only 43% of pilots were employed, 17% being much higher.

The survey demonstrated significant regional variability that generally correlates with the degree of travel restrictions imposed by local governments. In the United States, 81% of pilots are employed. In the Asia-Pacific region (excluding China), that number is only 53%. This may be the result of stricter border restrictions and compulsory quarantine.

The results also showed broad ambivalence about the future of the industry. Thirty-seven percent of the responding pilots said they wouldn’t be pilots if they gave them time again, and the majority (55%) said they wouldn’t recommend their careers to young people. However, a majority of 60% said they believe the aviation industry will fully recover to pre-pandemic levels within a year or two.

The aviation industry is one of the most destroyed by the CCP virus pandemic as a government-imposed travel ban and personal concern about transmission. Reduction of air traffic As the CCP virus became epidemic, the industry took tentative steps towards recovery, but the process was newer, more contagious, with unknown lethality and inconsistent state-imposed restrictions. Delayed by high variants.

This year’s FlightGlobal survey saw significant improvements over the same survey last year, but it reminds us of how far the industry must go to fully recover. ..

Nicholas Dringer


Nicholas Dolinger is a business reporter for The Epoch Times and author of the “The Beautiful Toilet” podcast.