asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he has made any estimate of the future requirements for civil air pilots by the British air lines for the next 10 years.
The most recent study of the future requirements for civil air pilots by British airlines was completed by the air transport and travel industry training board in 1979. Since 1979 most airlines have revised downwards their expected requirements for pilots but no more recent comprehensive estimates are available.
asked the Secretary of State for Trade how many civil air pilots currently are employed by British airlines; and what is the breakdown between British Airways and the independents.
The Civil Aviation Authority estimates that there are 3,200 employees with professional pilots licences working for British independent airlines. About 2,500 British Airways employees hold professional pilot's licences. A proportion of these are employed in managerial roles and others are on call.