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"For us (VOYAGEUR AIRLINES), we have a lot of opportunities currently available here in North Bay for young people seeking a career path. Certainly, there are going to be labour challenges in the aviation industry but I think it is a good industry for people to get into. It's really a great opportunity right now."
-NORTHERN ONTARIO BUSINESS, JAN 2022
"While Covid-19 may have delayed the pinch of a global pilot shortage, it’s only a temporary reprieve. Pent-up travel demand will combine with pilot retirements, attrition, and the high cost of training to generate the perfect staffing storm."
"...while Covid-19 had a devastating and significant effect on the global aviation industry, many experts predict the demand for travel will roar back even stronger than it was pre-pandemic."
- SKIES MAGAZINE, NOV 2021
"For carriers that were struggling with pilot supply, (Covid) has provided a momentary reprieve. It will not last, and decisions taken today to survive the coronavirus pandemic may threaten the ability of airlines in some regions to recover and grow in the future."
"...we believe a global pilot shortage will emerge in certain regions no later than 2023 and most probably before."
- OLIVER WYMAN, MAR 2021
"The aviation industry has long been wrestling with a shortage of pilots and mechanics. A 2017 report by training company CAE CAE.TO forecasts the need for an extra 255,000 pilots by 2027 to sustain passenger traffic which is expected to double in the next 20 years."
- REUTERS, AUG 2019
“Labour shortage looming in Canada's aviation sector”
“Canada’s aviation industry is struggling to fill jobs amid a severe labour shortage – a situation the industry cannot risk ignoring, a top government official said.”
- HRDC (HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR CANADA), OCT 2018
“Canada Campaigns to Prevent Aviation Mechanic Shortages”
“Canada’s Minister of Transportation, Marc Garneau, has launched an effort to alert the public to a looming projected global shortage of skilled aviation personnel (particularly aircraft mechanics).”
“The international crisis will impact the USA in 2022, peaking here in 2027 as a record number of experienced airplane mechanics retire.”
- WINGS JOURNAL, OCT 2018
“Canada faces severe shortage of pilots and aircraft workers”
“The labour shortage is so severe that a national strategy is in the works to address it.”
“A big issue is that young people leaving school aren’t aware of the career opportunities.”
“Not enough of them know…There are some high school programs in aviation maintenance…but generally they are not aware of the career path they could take.”
“Guidance counsellors don’t promote it enough.”
TRANSPORT CANADA has said that “there is…a lack of visibility for careers in the aviation industry due to limited post-secondary institutions offering aviation programs.”
- OTTAWA CITIZEN, OCT 2018
“The industry needs to hire 55,000 new workers by
“…encouraging graduates to work in our industry and attracting more students to aviation and aerospace and
other STEM programs will need to be a priority to mitigate the skills shortage.”
“Only a quarter of these needed workers, approximately 14,000, will be filled by domestic graduates from secondary and post-secondary institutions, leaving a requirement to find 41,000 additional workers from other industries and from outside of Canada.”
- CCAA (CANADIAN COUNCIL FOR AVIATION AND AEROSPACE), MAR 2018