Airlines in India are actively hiring for positions like pilots and cabin crew as demand for travel rises as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Airlines like Air India, IndiGo, Vistara, and AirAsia India are all currently holding new recruitment drives to fill cabin crew positions at various stations across the nation.
A significant number of new employees from India have also been hired by the Qatar Airways Group, another foreign airline, in positions such as catering, corporate and commercial, management, cargo, customer service, engineering, flight operations, ground services, etc.
Walk-in interviews for cabin crew are being held by Air India in Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Guwahati, and Goa. The airline is also seeking experienced pilots for its Boeing 777 fleet as well as senior trainee pilots for its Airbus A320 fleet.
Last week, its sister airline AirAsia India held a hiring event for cabin crew in Gurugram for the Delhi-National Capital Region. Similar hiring events for cabin crew were recently held by AirAsia India in Delhi, Dehradun, Lucknow, Bengaluru, and Pune.
According to a Airlines report released last week by the ratings agency ICRA
This follows an increase in passenger volume. Indian carriers saw a year-over-year increase in domestic passenger traffic of 57.7% to 84.2 million for the fiscal years 2021–22 (April–March), thanks to “fast-pace vaccination, lower incidence of fresh Covid infections, combined with the declining intensity of the infection.”
The largest airline in India, IndiGo, has scheduled cabin crew hiring events for its ATR fleet in Chandigarh, Delhi, Gurugram, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, and Gurugram. Next week, it will also hold hiring events for its Airbus fleet in a number of stations, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bagdogra, Guwahati, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Kolkata, and Dimapur.
Recently, recruitment programmes for cabin crew were held in Mumbai and Bengaluru by the airline Vistara, which flies Airbus A320, A321 and Boeing 787 aircraft.
Due to the entry of new airlines, the Indian aviation industry has recently experienced an increase in hiring. Jet Airways also intends to resume operations. Akasa Air recently began operating, with flights departing from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Bengaluru, among other cities.
In response to a question in the Lok Sabha on March 31 of this year, Minister of State for Civil Aviation V K Singh noted that between March 31, 2020, and December 31, 2021, there were a total of about 19,200 job losses in the airline, airport, ground handling, and air cargo sectors. This represents 10% of the workforce in these sectors.
In order to address the issues the industry is facing, the government has held discussions with stakeholders and industry participants, he had emphasised.
According to him, there were approximately 65,600 airline employees in India as of December 31, 2021, down from approximately 74,800 as of March 31, 2020.
The Qatar Airways Group will hold hiring drives in Delhi on September 16 and 17, and in Mumbai on September 29 and 30, as it prepares for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Doha.
“We are committed to strengthening our team and the traveller experience while we boost our operational capabilities by seeking the right people. The relationship between Qatar Airways and India has always been special, and with this hiring initiative, we are reaffirming our commitment to the country.”Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways Group, commented on the hiring effort in India
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