Simple Flying - Gaurav Joshi

The current workforce can't keep pace with the country's growing aviation needs.

With a rapid increase in the number of airports in India and the skies getting busier every year, the country’s current lot of air traffic controllers can’t keep up with the industry’s growing needs.

According to a report by The Hindu, a government official states that to comply with the DGCA’s regulatory requirement properly, the country needs 40% more ATC personnel in 2022 than its present strength of 3,163.

Next year, it will further increase to 5,131, 60% more than what India has today, and in 2024, the country will need 5,428 air traffic controllers (ATCO), around 70% more than the current strength. In fact, the present workforce already falls short by 22% of the sanctioned number of 3,871.

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