the Pilots are going through a difficult time due to the coronacrisis. The aircraft are mostly on the ground, and for a lot of companies will fall discharged. It used to be a droomberoep, but now they can do so. NU.nl speak four of them, how they have the past few years of experience.
The traffic starts slowly, but a lot of the pilots have yet to find a job. And if they can work, but it is not a full-time, and they get paid less.
"I am self-employed and get paid by the flight. Since the beginning of march, I am sitting at home without any income," says Bart, a pilot with Ryanair.
"before you don't know how long you will not be able to fly. This means that everything is uncertain. We can calculate how long the savings account, and our expenses were paid. We don't go on trips or holidays and to think up to three times in an ice-cream cone. The money is not there any more."
he's a pilot with a Chinese airline. He is currently out of work, but it could be done in China, the crisis is more money, and invested it in real estate. "I'm in a fortunate situation. But to do that, I will sacrifice to thee."
"In China, you have to contend with a tough operating environment, where you are coming from europe, a lot of opinions to deal with. In addition, there are a lot of tools, studies, and living with my family in the Netherlands.
"You can't do this'
While Ryanair's are often under the magnifying glass, is Bart not to talk negatively about their employer. "You know how you sign your contract. The working conditions are, sometimes, not very good, and contracts are rattling on all sides. For me it was a virus broke out."
Where colleagues have lost their jobs, and could be Bart's last week to work again. "It is true in a modified grid, with a new contract, which I was, 40 percent of my rate, I have to make."
"That is a discount of, I think, irresponsible," speaks of Maurice is from the Bart. "It's too bad for him, and he can't do it. Some companies, such as KLM royal Dutch airlines, spekt, the government. That is so unfair."
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, The industry has been hit very hard, Maurice acknowledges that the image, therefore, a significant dent has been damaged. "The golden one has been in there from the start. My daughter (13) asked for the last to me, is the number good? I have suggested a different occupation."
"My heart continues to beat faster as I have a plane to hear it happened to you, but because of the workload and the financial consequences, I understand that young people have now something else to choose from. Used to be you could go to the training, it is often more expensive than € 100,000, and within a couple of years to pay it off. That is no more."
However, not each and every pilot has a hard time due to the coronacrisis. Richard flies in a private jet, and has been a freelance instructor as well. He has been lucky, and he was to be paid, and it is now full of it. "We haven't been as busy as they are now. A significant number of applications will have no market."
"I have to say ever since I was a fourth that I want to fly. But it is for a lot of people don't droomberoep and more. Before the crisis, there was an emphasis on education of young people. Due to the crisis, and that's all come to a grinding halt."Coronacrisis to save
The cargo flights, however, the corona virus is simply gone. The pilot He was able, therefore, to continue flying in the last few months. The coronacrisis was to be the salvation for both him and the employer. "The company was on the verge of falling, and we had some notice has already been given. However, as the demand for air freight is greatly increased, and we restarted with funds from the British government."
"The freight rate is around 14 us $ 11,88 eur) per kilogram to more than $ 40 per pound and gone. This has been our parent company's debt over the past five years, three months to be able to pay it off," said He.
"There will be planes in it, we renew the fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft. They are now dirt cheap because the cargo is cancelled, it vliegtuigmakers are in trouble, and they want to get rid of," he declares.'About three or four years ago, at the old level,"
The stories of Richard's, and He will be the exception. "The airline industry is kapotbezuinigd," says Maurice. "Drivers are earning, or are above average, but it's also a bit pricey. We have the training, examination, and work-related stress. In addition, I have now finally got a good night's sleep, which I missed as well."
"The touch of the virus, anyone that has not been touched. For the general public, it is a bit of a ready to fly. I can make up is not on the plane right now. I think that the aviation industry over a three to four year old level with regard to passenger seating capacity."
with An uncertain future, but Bart sees him as a positive. "The last thing I want to do is to sell our home. However, I am still, however, the question is how do we get the close to work. Because I can, and every now and then it can fly, it's pay off the mortgage in a matter of like or not at all. There will be a solution. How to do this? I don't know yet."
The fully qualified names of the pilots were withheld, and their work has been verified.