Georgia may face staff shortages in the civil aviation - Iase
Zautashvili, an expert in the field of aviation, the former Director General of
the Airzena airline, states.
According to Zautashvili,
amid the pandemic, many Georgian pilots and technical personnel left the
country and went abroad, while to find a qualified replacement for them is a
problem. The current shortage is also caused by high costs required to train
are carried out abroad is the biggest problem as one such course costs about $
3,000 and training a qualified pilot costs $ 150-200 thousand. If the civil aviation doesn’t face a staff shortage at the stage , in the near
future this problem will be acute - the
state does nothing to train pilots and private companies cannot afford such expenses,
words, the situation in the industry is
clearly evidenced by the fact that Airzena airlines had to send 80% of its staff
on unpaid leave.
affects everyone who works in aviation, employees have to look for work in more
sustainable sectors. They also go abroad, to China and Africa, ”he says.
Mainly pilots in
Georgia worked in aviation in the Soviet period, and as a rule, they are
qualified personnel. As for the new pilots and technical personnel, the country
lacks them that hinder the industry’s sustainable development.
“In Soviet period,
Georgia had a good training base for pilots and the country had very highly
qualified specialists. Airzena still has very good pilots. The problem is that
in the current situation they have to
look for work abroad, ”Iase Zautashvili stresses.
He adds that
graduates of the Aviation University need to practice certain skills for 4 - 6 years to
become qualified pilots.
Georgian market is unstable and does not give any guarantee that these
investments in training will not be lost, and the staff will not be forced to leave for other sectors
of the economy. We say that Georgia is a tourist country, but we have a staff shortage
in aviation , not to mention that a
tourist country should have maximally developed
civil aviation, ”the airline ex-director concludes.