Philippine flight school Alpha Aviation Group is wasting no time in preparing its pilots for the expected growth in demand for air travel in the coming months as countries rush to open their borders to international visitors.
According to Lev Albarece, who serves as the Head of Training at the pilot academy, the early it is they prepare, the better equipped they will be once commercial flights are back to normal operations again.
“The important thing for us to do is to get ourselves prepared and be ahead of the herd,” he said.
“We have to be ahead of the line and be ready for the next hiring surge,” Alabarece added.
In 2020 and 2021, the aviation sector suffered a big blow as travel restrictions and border closures forced planes to be grounded and pilots to be laid-off or furloughed.
The Philippines wasn’t spared by this, suffering heavily at the onset of the pandemic. However, as vaccination efforts continue and cases dwindle, restrictions on air travel are consistently erased, which leads to flight demands growing once again.
Alpha Aviation shared that their school in Pampanga is already in full swing. Airbus flight simulators have been running all day training students for real-world scenarios. But the number of students that enrolled this year is still far from pre-pandemic levels, the company noted.
For this year, only 100 trainees joined, which is only a third of what they had before the COVID-19 crisis.
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