With growth of the airline industry taking off around the world and the number of workers retiring on the rise, the airline industry is about to step up hiring of pilots.
Many experts predict there will be demand for thousands of new commercial airplane pilots over the next 10 to 20 years, according to Kansas City's CBS affiliate KCTV5. Sharply rising demand for the industry in Asia and the threat of pilot retirement as many workers reach the retirement age of 65 will drive the demand, without which airlines may experience a decline in service quality.
Evidence of the growing demand can be found in Atlanta, where Delta Airlines has announced a renewed hiring effort to add 300 pilots to its ranks starting in November, its first major hiring for the position since 2010, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The airline is expected to begin hiring 50 pilots every month beginning in November, then slow its hiring somewhat in early 2014. Twenty additional pilots will be hired per month through September 2014.
Delta will be hiring heavily from three groups: ranks of their connection carriers, previously furloughed pilots and experienced workers from regional and military lines.