Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Karaismailoğlu stated that due to the rapid growth of the Turkish civil aviation sector in the last 17 years, the sector had to meet some of the trained personnel need from abroad, “In our civil aviation sector where more than 295 thousand people are currently employed, foreign national pilots are in flight and cabin crew. the rate of officials is 11 percent. We started working for the employment of locally trained personnel in the sector. We aim to employ our citizens with priority in the sector by doing this work together with all the stakeholders in the sector ”.
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Adil Karaismailoğlu, stated that the aviation sector, which develops in parallel with global developments, has become the driving factor of economic development, and said that one of the most important indicators of social welfare is the aviation sector. Thanks to the steps taken in this context in terms of the future of aviation that has a great potential of Turkey and the Turkish aviation sector recently told us that the expectations grow much beyond that. 2002 Number of active airport in 26 to 56 today Karaismailoğlu be pointed out that, "Turkey in the Airspace; While there were 2003 thousand 44 kilometers of flight paths in 500, today our flight path length has increased to approximately 74 thousand 640 kilometers. Bilateral aviation agreements were made with 173 countries, and the number of international destinations increased from 60 to 329. As a result, our passenger number, which was 34,5 million, reached 210 million ”.
Sector Turnover Increased 17 Times in 53 Years
Karaismailoğlu pointed out that the turnover of the sector increased 17 times in 53 years due to the growth in the airline sector, and explained that the number of employment in the sector increased from 65 thousand to 295 thousand. Karaismailoğlu explained that due to the rapid growth of the sector in 17 years, some of the trained personnel need of the sector had to be met from abroad, and the increase in training opportunities for the aviation sector slowed the recruitment of foreign personnel substantially.
"We take into account the concerns"
Karaismlailoğlu also pointed out that the Kovid-2019 epidemic has negatively affected all areas, including the aviation sector, since December 19, and underlined that the necessary mitigating facilities have been provided by public institutions and organizations in order to minimize these negativities. In addition, Karaismailoğlu pointed out that the sector stakeholders received information that Turkish national flight and cabin crews had concerns due to the unemployment problems that emerged as a result of the Kovid-19 outbreak, and said, “We take these concerns into account. In this context, we deemed it appropriate to conduct a study to prioritize Turkish national employees in a way that would not adversely affect flight operations in airline companies ”.
Sector's views were requested
Karaismailoğlu stated that with the increase of educational opportunities in civil aviation day by day, trained personnel are provided to the sector, and we aim to increase the employment of Turkish nationals in the sector with this study. We plan to employ our citizens with priority in the sector by doing this work with all stakeholders in the sector. We also wanted the opinions and roadmap of the airline companies on this issue, ”he said.