Because of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic we all know that lots of pilots worldwide were furloughed by their airlines.
A survey that was recently done on the matter stated that only 43% of the world’s airline pilots are still flying. 30% are unemployed, 17% were furloughed, 6% were still employed in aviation and 4% were employed in other industries.
The pilots were asked what caused their unemployment the answer was 84% said it was due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 66% were actively seeking new employment while 3% were in the interview process.
Sadly along with this percentage it shows that up to 40% of the pilots were being affected by their mental health. 58% of those under 24 said yes to the survey while 44% were between the age of 35 and 44 and 32% were age 55-64.
The pilots who said they were stressed 47% was due to job security, 25% was COVID-19 and 10% was due to management.
Although 25% of the pilots said that the pandemic made them stronger and more resilient.
Although the aviation industry is slowly getting back to normal the furloughed pilots may soon be back in the cockpit flying the airplanes they love!