Vietnam’s aviation industry is grappling with a significant human resource challenge, even as the country’s tourism sector witnesses a robust recovery, according to a report by Vietnam News on August 17.
The demand for skilled professionals in the aviation sector has surged, particularly in major transportation hubs such as Tan Son Nhat International Airport, the under-construction Long Thanh International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, and Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi. Tran Thi Thai Binh, head of the Vietnam Aviation Academy’s Air Transport Economics Department, highlighted the pressing issue. While the industry currently employs approximately 44,000 individuals across various roles, from transportation to flight operations, it still falls short of the burgeoning demand.
In light of these challenges, Ha Nam Khanh Giao, deputy director of the Vietnam Aviation Academy, proposed a potential solution. He emphasized the need for Vietnam to forge collaborations with foreign universities and training institutes, enabling students to pursue overseas education in aviation.
The urgency of the situation is underscored by the recent statistics from the General Statistics Office. In the first seven months of the current year, Vietnam recorded a transportation of over 33.8 million air passengers, marking a 22.2% increase year-on-year. Furthermore, the country registered more than 6.6 million international arrivals during the same period. Notably, a staggering 87.6% of these international visitors traveled to Vietnam by air.
As the country continues to expand its airports and the number of air passengers steadily climbs, the pressing need for skilled aviation professionals becomes ever more evident. The industry now looks to both immediate and long-term solutions to address this talent gap.
Source: The Star