The talent gap alert: How are we going to meet the workforce shortage challenge

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It seems odd. In the world’s most populous region the biggest problem facing airline employers is a shortage of talent in their workforce.

Asia has more than half the planet’s inhabitants and is home to many of the world’s fastest-growing economies, but aviation growth is being limited because we cannot find enough people with the skills we need.

It’s been estimated that the rising demand for air travel in the Asia Pacific region will drive commercial airlines to grow their regional fleets from 5,600 to more than 14,000 over the next 20 years. We will need more new technicians to maintain these aircraft, more pilots and cabin crew to fly them and more ground operations staff to serve the passengers. Where will we find these people?

At Aviation Festival Asia 2017, we’re bringing HR leaders in a panel discussion on how to cope with this enormous talent need.

The talent gap alert: How are we going to meet the workforce shortage challenge

  • How to attract and rapidly train up a large workforce including pilots, cabin crews, technicians and ground operation staff?
  • What do we need to do to ensure that enough talent with the prerequisite skills get into the labour market?
  • Addressing quantity and quality gap: How to arrive at a strategic challenge? How do we prepare for this challenge?
  • Best-in-class practice: Who’s doing it right and who’s thinking ahead?


  • Ping na Thalang, Human Resources Adviser, Bangkok Airways
  • David Hodges, Flying Training Manager, Airbus Flight Operations Department, Cathay Pacific Air
  • Additional panellists to be announced


  • Kim Chua, Assistant Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Join us!

Check out our website here to see how you can get involved.

Want to nominate a leader to join this panel? Email me at

About Aviation Festival Asia
Now entering its 13th year, Aviation Festival Asia is one of the largest and most well-established commercial aviation shows for airline and airport executives from both the Asia Pacific region and across the world. In 2017, we are expecting to welcome over 2,000 attendees to the event, with over 900 airline executives across 7 premium conference tracks covering full service and low cost airline strategy & business models, passenger experience, marketing, IT systems, retail, human capital and more. Book your ticket now

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