The Quebec Air Transport Association (AQTA) releases findings of a key manpower study

    "The development of a new generation of pilots, mechanics and other key
    personnel is a major strategic issue and one of our Association's utmost
    priorities", stated John McKenna, President & General Manager of the

    MONTREAL, Oct. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Major Quebec air transport organizations
and stakeholders were present today at the AQTA's Networking Day 2008 to
discuss the findings of a key manpower study. The study, Etude sectorielle sur
la main-d'oeuvre dans le secteur du transport aérien au Québec, released
today, was conducted by AON Consulting over the last year for the AQTA and
financed by the Quebec Government.
    The study draws a detailed look at the balance between manpower supply
and demand for the 334 firms engaged in the Quebec air transport industry.
Without being alarmist, it signals to the need for immediate action. It points
out that a third (33.2%) of air transport industry workers are 45 years of age
or older, meaning the industry could face a serious shortage of manpower
within five years. The study recommends the implementation of a well targeted
strategic plan for the development, recruitment and retention of air transport
industry personnel.
    John McKenna, President and General Manager of the AQTA, stated that,
"the issue is so important that we have made it a major priority. As an
industry, we have to work collectively, management and labour, to find both
short-term and long-term solutions. Further to today's analysis of findings
and recommendations, our discussions will be on-going over the next months
with a view of mobilizing as an industry, not just our members, but all
stakeholders concerned in finding viable solutions to this problem and to
better cope with economic down cycles which have a devastating effect on our
recruitment efforts." The AQTA has already involved the Commission des
partenaires du marché du travail, the Ministère de l'Emploi et de la
Solidarité sociale and the Ministère de l'Education, Loisir et Sport in its
efforts to promote awareness for all those concerned.

    About the AQTA

    The Association québécoise des transporteurs aériens (AQTA), was
established in 1975 as the Association des transporteurs aériens de brousse du
Québec, and became in April 2007 the Association québécoise du transport
aérien. The AQTA represents all Quebec air transport sectors and groups, the
vast majority of carriers (airplanes and helicopters) as well as their support
industry, including maintenance organizations, airports, flight training and
maintenance training institutions, NAV CANADA, fuel suppliers and insurance
companies. The AQTA encourages dialogue amongst stakeholders, targets key
issues, promotes air transport, monitors changes in the work environment and
demographics, ensures a strong advocacy role for its members and a cohesive
voice for the air transport industry's progress.

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