Colombia’s airline industry is expanding at a rapid pace. International flights grew by almost a third last year and are on the increase again in 2011. But such rapid expansion comes at a cost: the country is running out of pilots.

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Colombia’s airline industry is expanding at a rapid pace. International flights grew by almost a third last year and are on the increase again in 2011. But such rapid expansion comes at a cost: the country is running out of pilots.

“There’s a lack of skilled crews in the country,” says Gilma Usaga of Avianca, Colombia’s largest airline. “We need flight instructors, commanders and co-pilots that have enough flight hours, up-to-date operation licences and speak different languages.”

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