1490 foreign pilots receive clearance to operate in India

New Delhi: The government has cleared a total of 1,490 foreign pilots to work for the Indian civil aviation sector in an effort to ease the acute shortage faced by the booming industry. However, according to director general of civil aviation, Kanu Gohain, this was just a short-term measure.

"Right now, foreign pilots are on contract for one year, extendable up to three years," he said at an international conference on aviation.

Gohain also mentioned that there was a proposal to extend the term of foreign pilots to four years in order to provide time for Indians pilots to gain the required experience. He also mentioned that eight air force pilots had also been inducted into flying service after making a transition to civilian aircraft.

The number of flights in the country is set to multiply by three times over ten years, and passenger load is expected to increase to 300 million by 2020, from the current 55-60 million, according to Ashok Chawla, secretary, ministry of civil aviation.