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Number of aviation employees in Indian scheduled airlines 2018, by employee type

The scheduled Indian aviation industry had over 65 thousand airline personnel in financial year 2018. IndiGo had over 27 percent of this total personnel employed in its private airlines in that year. Available seat kilometer of over three million Indian rupees per employee was reported by IndiGo.

Foreign hires

Since fiscal year 2016, the regulating body for civil aviation issued over 15,000 commercial pilot licenses each year. However, there was a shortage of type-rated commanders due to the induction of new types of aircraft and the expanding fleet. IndiGo, had the most foreign pilot recruitments. This was followed by GoAir and AllianceAir. On a year-over-year basis, the number of foreign pilots flying in India rose by over 176 percent. Airlines were expected to draw and submit a phase out plan for expat pilots.

Maintenance, repair and overhaul-MRO

In order to achieve a five trillion U.S. dollar economy, recently the government while announcing the economic restructuring of the aviation sector, reduced the goods and service tax from 18 percent to five percent for this sector. The contribution of this sector in the global MRO sector was minuscule, but with a growing fleet size, this share was expected to increase. By 2030, the market size of the MRO sector in India was estimated to be three times that in 2020.

Total number of airline employees in India's aviation industry in financial year 2018, by employee type

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

FY 2018

Special properties

Scheduled airlines.

Supplementary notes

India's financial year begins in April and ends in March. For example, FY 2016 started in April 2015 and ended in March 2016.

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