Aviation & Airline Courses

Career planning is an important decision of Student’s life. It not only determines material prosperity but the entire life style for the rest of one’s life. A student may plan his career in the field of Airline & Travel and Tourism management keeping in mind the following information. India has become a long way from 1995 when the Indian Government owned two Airline & One Helicopter Service, and private companies owned six airlines. With privatization and foreign collaboration increasing every day, the future in airline industry is bright. Most International as well as Domestic Airline offices are looking to increasing their fleet and there is a demand for Indians in various fields like Airline Staff, Air Hostess, Flight Stewards, Airpost Ground Staff etc... The entry level positions with an airline cover a wide variety of operations and duties. Most of these positions involve extensive customer service contact requiring strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Scope of Aviation Industry

The Indian aviation industry is one of the fastest growing aviation industries in the world with private airlines accounting for more than 75 per cent of the sector of the domestic aviation market. The industry is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18 per cent. The country has 454 airports and airstrips, of which 16 are designated as international airports Mr. Praful Patel, Union Civil Aviation Minister has stated that the Indian aviation sector will become one of the top five civil aviation markets in the world over the next five years. Currently, India ranks ninth in the global civil aviation market.

Passengers carried by domestic airlines from January- June 2010 stood at 25.71 million as against 21.1 million in the corresponding period of 2009—a growth of 22 per cent—according to data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). In terms of market share, private carrier Jet Airways was the market leader with 26.5 per cent share, followed by Kingfisher Airlines with 21 per cent, Air India with 16.9 per cent, Indigo with 16.4 per cent, and Spice Jet with 13.3 per cent and GoAir with 5.8 per cent during the month of June 2010.

The Hyderabad International Airport has been ranked amongst the world’s top five in the annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) passenger survey along with airports at Seoul, Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing. The Hyderabad International Airport is being managed by a public-private joint venture of the GMR Group, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and the State Government of Andhra Pradesh along with the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

The AAI is set to spend over US$ 1.02 billion in 2010, towards modernization of non-metro airports. AAI is planning the city-side development of 24 airports, including those at Ahmedabad and Amritsar. Additionally, 11 new Greenfield airports have been identified to reduce passenger load on existing airports, according to Praveen Seth, member-operations, AAI. AAI also plans to spend around US$ 3.07 billion in the next five years for developing, upgrading and modernizing metro and non-metro airports Due to growth in tourism, there has been an increase in number of the international and domestic passengers. The estimated growth of domestic passenger segment is at 50% per annum and growth for international passenger segment is 25%. Due to the rise in income levels, the disposable income is also higher which are expected to enhance the number of flyers. The Indian aviation industry has shown continued growth in recent years with key drivers being positive economic factors (including high GDP growth), industrial performance, corporate profitability/expansion, higher disposable incomes and growth in consumer spending as well as wider availability of low fares.

Current Scenario

The current growth rate in domestic and international travel exceeds 25%, the highest in the world. In the period April- September 2006, the total aircraft movements witnessed an increase of 29.6% year-on-year to 494.92 thousand aircraft movements, as compared to 318.89 thousand during April- September 2005. The aviation sector growing at a fast pace. Due to this, the number of aircrafts being used is on the rise and so is the need for pilots, ground staff and cabin crew.

Jobs in Aviation Industry

India would require approximately 7,500-8,000 pilots and an equal number or more air cabin crew by 2010. Heavy pay packets are awaiting for cabin crews and an equal number of airport ground staffs.