From 2022, the cost of training professional pilots is between £/€40,000 and £/€150,000. The cost depends on the flight school you train in and the type of training you take (there are several training routes to becoming an airline pilot). Unfortunately, the cost of flight training is very high and can be a barrier for some people who become pilots.
At present the majority of airlines currently require the student to pay for the cost of training and this seems unlikely to change in the foreseeable future given the number of unemployed pilots seeking re-employment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- A full-time commercial flight training course (known as an integrated course) taken at a European flight school will cost between £80,000 and around £130,000.
- Part-time flight training, or a course taken at various flight training organizations (known as modular training) will start at around £40,000 and rise to around £60,000.
Type rating costs
You should also consider that many aircraft require the newly hired employee to pay for their type rating. This is the qualification a pilot needs to fly a specific type of aircraft such as a Boeing 737. It can cost between £15,000 and £35,000 depending on who is providing the training.
To see what options exist to help you fund your flight training, you can visit our Flight Training Funding page for more information.