Report finds Middle East and Africa airlines have world’s most stressed pilots

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Pilots flying for Middle Eastern and African airlines have some of the highest stress levels in the industry, according to a new survey.

The COVID crisis has wreaked havoc across global aviation markets causing thousands of pilots to lose their jobs. Sister title Aviation Business reports that many pilots now feel undervalued by their employers and are anxious about financial uncertainty, according to The Pilot Survey 2021, published by GOOSE Recruitment and FlightGlobal.

Almost half of pilots said that the pandemic had impacted their mental health, with younger pilots being affected more than older crew. In fact, over a third of pilots said they would consider changing their career as a result of rising stress levels and worsening contracts and mental health. And pilots flying in the Middle East and Africa (60 percent) were least likely to repeat their career choices, given the chance. 

“Whilst a reduction in the number of pilots right now may not have an immediate impact on the operations of airlines, we predict that if this percentage of pilots were to hang up their wings, pilot recruitment teams are going to have a tough time ahead. Airlines will potentially need to start planning for the future fallout now,” said Mark Charman CEO and founder of GOOSE Recruitment.

For the full results and analysis, read the report on Aviation Business here.

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