Airline training institutes upbeat despite layoffs

Written by Shaheen Mansuri | Mumbai, Oct 16 | Updated: Oct 17 2008, 06:57am hrs
Despite cabin crew staff losing their jobs at various airlines, training institutes are optimistic about admissions to these institutes. The reasons driving them to optimism abound. First, the sector is now flying through turbulent times, but is expected to fly back into black in two years from now.

Says Rakesh Agarwal, managing director, Frankfinn Institute, There was a lull in the IT sector a few years ago, but students kept graduating and finding jobs. Today, the sector generates the maximum jobs for graduates. Likewise, there will be opportunities in the aviation sector also.We have a three year course structure and by the time students are ready for exposure in the employment market, there will be opportunities for them to explore.

Rajesh Verma, head, Kingfisher Training Academy told FE , There might be a marginal impact on the number of students procuring admission for the airline related course, but the institute offers other hospitality related courses also, so we will not feel the heat.

However, a trainer at one of the leading air hostess training academies adds that due to several route expansion plans undertaken by airlines a year ago, students found this sector very lucrative in terms of pay.

But due to the financial downturn globally, airlines had to not only curtail their expansion plans but had to lay-off cabin crew employees to contain their operating costs. Even students who have aspirations to pursue a career in the aviation sector will be apprehensive after the airlines giving pink-slips to their newly appointed staff, he laments, adding that it might be a temporary phase.