The Middle East will need 58,000 pilots to meet air travel demand in the region over the next 20 years, US plane maker Boeing has revealed.
According to its 2016 Pilot and Technician Outlook, the surge in the Gulf region's passenger air travel demand will also see 6,000 technicians and 92,000 cabin crew recruited in the same period.
Globally, Boeing reveals that between now and 2035 the aviation industry will require 617,000 commercial airline pilots, 679,000 maintenance technicians, and 814,000 cabin crew.
Asia Pacific remains the region with the highest overall demand, with a significant increase witnessed in the expected number of skilled resources required in other parts of the world.
Over the next 20 years, the Asia Pacific region will lead the worldwide growth in demand for pilots, with a requirement for 248,000 new pilots, followed by North America with 112,000 and Europe requiring 104,000.
For maintenance, Asia Pacific will require 268,000 new technical personnel while airlines in North America will require 127,000 and Europe, 118,000. The largest projected growth in cabin crew demand is also in the Asia Pacific region, with a requirement for 298,000 new cabin crew. Europe will require 169,000 and North America 151,000.
The outlook represents a global requirement for about 31,000 new pilots, 35,000 new technicians and 40,000 cabin crew annually.