The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has issued a warning to everyone who is thinking about embarking on a pilot training course – think again.
The pilots’ union has taken this extraordinary step to help avoid students paying upwards of £100,000 for training only to find there are no jobs available at the end.
The statement comes as the vast majority of airlines have recorded a huge decrease in the number of people booking flights owing to the COVID pandemic.
BALPA’s head of membership and careers services Wendy Pursey said:
“There are currently 10,000 unemployed commercial pilots across Europe, including 1,600 pilots in the UK.
“Many pilots are working part-time or on reduced pay to save jobs.
“And there are already around 200 trainees in flight training schools who were on a path to jobs with easyJet who now have no clear route to even a licence, far less a job.
“This is not a positive picture for anyone whose heart is set on entering this profession.