Indonesia needs 7,500 aircraft technicians: minister

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Indonesia has a current requirement for 7,500 aircraft technicians to meet strong growth in the aviation industry, said the country's transport minister EE Mangindaan.

Demand for aircraft engineers and technicians is expected to rise, Mangindaan said at the Technical and Aviation Safety Academy graduation ceremony in Surabaya. He did not, however, specify a timeframe for the growth.

He stressed the need for technicians of high quality to meet safety and service standards in the industry.

At the same event, the ministry's human resource development agency signed an agreement with five airlines including Citilink, Indonesia AirAsia and Merpati Nusantara, to collaborate on improving the quality and quantity of human resources in aviation.