Mumbai: Excellence Aviation Academy (EAA) says that it would be the country's first academy to train people for the country's aviation and ancillary industries, offering courses in hospitality, travel, tourism, cargo and security.
According to the academy's management, of the 150 professionals required for each aircraft, pilots and in-flight crew formed only 30. The rest of the numbers were made up of technical and non-technical personnel like customer service, check in staff, security, cargo handling, ramp operations, etc.
According to Parvez Damania, chairman, EAA, the academy's emphasis would be on training manpower in smaller cities. He said that with more than 400 new aircraft already booked by various airlines in India, and with limited space available at Mumbai and New Delhi airports, the airlines would have no choice but to park aircraft at other airports.
According to the academy's estimates, there would be a demand for at least 40,000 non-technical staff in the near future. "We want to have our own centres and manpower ready to be employed (by these airlines)," Damania said.
The academy is pinning its growth prospects on the modernisation of 80 small airports and the Nagpur Multi Modal Hub, which would require 20,000 personnel spread across every facet of aviation, academy officials said.
The academy would also be finalising a tie-up with Dubai Aviation City in a month. It said that at least 100,000 personnel would be required over the next five years.
The academy would start 24 centres on a franchisee model in Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Baroda, Allahabad and other places in the first phase. Livewel Aviation Services is slated to be EAA's partner in overall ground handling training and franchisee for Mumbai and Delhi. Centres at Bhopal and Jabalpur are due to kick-start by May 15, while others would begin by early June.
Excellence Aviation Academy is also looking at starting a pilot training school in Kolhapur later this year. Damania said a licence was awaited from the Director General Civil Aviation's office.
He said that the academy would make an investment of Rs10 crore in the centres over two phases.