Don’t Become A Pilot Because There Are No Jobs Just Huge Debt, Says Union | Business

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The pilots’ union, Balpa, has warned potential pilots to start training courses, saying they will end up with huge debts and no prospects of employment.Trainee pilots could end up owing more than £ 100,000 and not find a job to pay off their loans, the union said.

Around 200 trainee pilots at UK flight schools who were scheduled to take jobs at easyJet have already had their conditional job offers withdrawn, after the airline sought to cut hundreds of pilot jobs this summer as Effects of Covid-19 have hit the industry.

Balpa said it was an extraordinary step for them to issue a warning, but it would be irresponsible not to act.

Wendy Pursey, her memberships and careers manager, said there were around 10,000 unemployed commercial pilots in Europe, including 1,600 in the UK, while many more were working part-time or on reduced pay. . EasyJet interns now had “no clear path to even a license, let alone a job,” she said.

Others trying to enter the aviation industry have been hit hard, including 122 trainee air traffic controllers at Nats who were laid off before obtaining a license.

The difficulties were highlighted by British Airways which told staff on Thursday that many more would be put on leave as the airline cut flights until November. Its few remaining long-haul services out of Gatwick will be suspended.

Under lockdown rules that went into effect on Thursday, all holiday or pleasure travel is banned with fines for breaches starting from £ 200.

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A BA spokeswoman said the airline had “urgently revised” its schedule, but would operate flights to “bring home thousands of customers currently overseas, and ensure that those authorized to travel within and outside the UK can continue to do so.

Industry body Airlines UK said the extension of the holiday program, announced on Thursday, was welcome, but warned that carriers would “urgently need access to further liquidity measures to strengthen their balance sheets”, with more flights blocked. EasyJet has confirmed that it has had discussions with the German government about available support measures, but has denied making a formal request for funds.

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