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Jakarta Post

556 young pilots unemployed, minister says

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 24, 2018   /   06:25 pm
556 young pilots unemployed, minister says Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi says his side is looking to help 556 young pilots gain employment.

Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of an aeronautical knowledge workshop for young pilots in Jakarta on Wednesday, Budi said all stakeholders – the ministry, companies and aviation schools – were responsible for solving the problem.

Meanwhile, the ministry’s air transportation director general, Agus Santoso, said a census carried out last year discovered the number of unemployed pilots.

“The workshop is part of an effort to provide knowledge to the pilots because young pilots usually have a lack of aeronautical knowledge,” Agus said as reported by  The workshop was attended by 350 young pilots, said Agus, adding that a similar event was also organized in December 2017.

The ministry’s airworthy and plane operation director general, Muzaffar Ismail, said two aviation schools had closed, while another would also be shut down for failing to meet the national standards for aviation schools. He added that his office had warned eight out of 21 aviation schools.

Minister Budi said carrying out mergers could be solution for aviation schools that could not meet the minimum standards set by the government.(bbn)