Middle East and Africa

Aviation in the Middle East and Africa

The Middle East has a forecast continued growth which can be largely attributed to the expansion of major long haul carriers and their grab for transit passengers travelling between Europe and Asia coupled with the super long haul aircraft to America and Asia. The largely untapped low cost market is beginning to blossom so this should provide some sustainable growth for the next few years on a local basis.

Africa is the biggest untapped market in the World and faces huge infrastructure challenges so whilst the growth there is forecast to be strong, it is likely to remain sporadic. Newcomers to the market are attempting to break the mould and there are some signs that this is generating movement. If successful companies in Africa could experience some of the most explosive growth possible in the years to come.

What is it like to be a pilot in the Middle East and Africa?

With the expected expansion in the Aviation market in the Middle East and Africa, there is a growing number of opportunities for skilled and qualified pilots. Understanding the differences in the local cultures and how business is conducted is vital and we can provide advice and guidance on how to work in these markets.

The way airlines operate is very similar to all other regions, with commuting rosters being favoured by expatriate pilots especially.

Salary levels tend to vary greatly in this region depending upon the country of the airlines’ base, largely due to the widely varying GDPs of the region.

Assessment and selections

The recruitment and assessment requirement is relatively standard and will involve an interview and simulator assessment. A local ATPL may need to be obtained, so a local medical will be required and a full working visa obtained in most cases. The following are all vital to give the best chance of passing the selection process:

• Thorough paperwork preparation;
• Pre-practice for the SIM sessions;
• Studying for the local ATPL requirements and exams.

Find out more about working in the Middle East and Africa

If you are interested in further information on working in this region please contact us on +44 (0) 1256 368 500 and one of our consultants will be happy to discuss this with you.

Click here to register your details with us.

Other sources of information

Regulating Authorities in Africa 
Regulating Authorities in the Middle East 
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