The Panamanian airline has launched the Latin American Academy of Superior Aviation where they will train pilots needed for their operations.
The growth in workforce is accompanied by the addition of new destinations. At the end of this year Copa will open two new routes, but for now it is not known which ones they are.
Robert Katz, director of the Latin American Academy of Superior Aviation (ALAS by its initials in Spanish) said that students will be trained for a period of 12 months and will accumulate 250 flight hours.
In Latin America the growth of air services is from 6 to 8% per year, and the forecast is that it will accelerate to 12 or 14% in the next 5-10 years.
An article in Capital.com reports that "It is expected that demand for air travel in Latin America will exceed that of other regions in the next 20 years, which will be a challenge for Latin American airlines in terms of the use of advanced technology, increasingly reliable security systems and first class service for customers so as to compete in this dynamic market, issues that are being examined during the ninth forum of the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) which is taking place from today in Panama City . "
The Avianca-TACA holding company has opened a training center for pilots and cabin crew in El Salvador.
The facilities, which also provide training to administration and maintenance staff, are located at the international airport in El Salvador and have certifications from the Civil Aviation Authority of El Salvador, Costa Rica and Peru.
Panamanian airline Copa Airlines needs to hire about 200 pilots per year.
Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines, said there is lack of training in the candidates, which fail to pass the recruitment tests. "There is a great opportunity to be developed in this profession, we are in need of a first class training center in Panama.”