Pilot career prospects

Graduated airline pilots have better employment prospects today than in a long time in the past. The job seeker’s own active approach goes a long way in securing a position, as is the case with all job searching, but currently there is a genuine shortage of professional pilots.

Cheap flight airlines have made air travel an accessible product from the price standpoint for more and more people. Improved standard of living boosts tourism and adds to the desire to travel. The passenger numbers at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport indicate that Asian people are increasingly willing to travel. Many of them continue their journey further from Helsinki-Vantaa.

Mail order sales have increased exponentially. The majority of the packages are transported as air freight. Freight carriers (UPS, FedEx, DHL, TNT etc.) have bigger aircraft fleets than what most people think. The career advancement of a cargo pilot may be faster than that of a passenger pilot working for an airline. Similarly, cargo pilots may have easier access to flying bigger aircraft.

When there is a shortage of pilots, this also means that the career path from copilot to captain is accelerated. Naturally the official requirements still apply concerning the minimum hours to be logged for obtaining a given license or rating. That is why it is important to be able to amass flying hours and Pilot-in-Command hours as early on in the training as possible.

In addition to Finnair and Norra, at least the following companies rely on pilots whose career started at BF-Lento: Ryanair, Wizz Air, Flydubai, Nordica, Jet Time, TUI Airways, Arcus Air etc.