Airlines’ recruitment takes off again

Career — By on September 15, 2010 at 9:41 am

Air India Express, Kingfisher and Jet Airways hiring talents under various categor

Mumbai: Turnaround in the aviation industry has led to a fresh round of recruitment under various categories. For instance, Air India Express, the low-cost arm of flag carrier Air India, recently conducted interviews in Kochi for airline attendants. Similarly, private carriers Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways too are in the process of hiring talents under various categories to cater to the growth in air traffic. An Air India spokesperson said, “We recruit staff as and when required. We have just finished the recruitment process for airline attendants at Kochi.” The airline has 69 posts vacant in the category. Air India also has to fill up posts for B777-type rated captains and first officers on a contractual basis for five years, for which advertisements are open till January 2011 or until the vacancies are filled up.

Kingfisher Airlines, which is increasing presence in international skies, is looking for marketing and sales professionals to enhance business. The airline, on its website, sought applications for executives in the UK, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and UAE, where it has just started operations. The most perceptible signs of change in trend came last month when Jet Airways started calling up flight attendants it had retrenched in 2008 amid protests. The airline has started calling the retrenched staff with fresh offers. Wadia-Group promoted GoAir’s CEO Kaushik Khona said, “We have recruited 25 cabin crew staff and 15 professionals in the sales and marketing team to match growth in the airline’s network.”

Domestic airlines are in a hiring mode since they are either expanding globally or consolidating presence in the domestic skies. Airlines had curtailed their domestic expansion or postponed international plans owing to a dip of nearly 30% in air travel demand in 2008 and during the first half of 2009. New Delhi: In what signals a revival of the domestic airline sector, the country’s largest private carrier Jet Airways has asked hundreds of its former employees to re-join the carrier. Nearly 200 cabin staff who had left the company during the slowdown in the industry have already accepted the airline’s offer. Jet Airways is seeking to expand its fleet as well as its network.

“We have contacted 400 people (who left the company since October 2008) and out of them, nearly 200 have rejoined us,” Jet Airways chief commercial officer Sudheer Raghavan told FE. The total staff strength of Jet Airways has come down from 13,500 in October 2008 to 11,500 in June 2010. About 2,000 ground and cabin staff had earlier put in their papers citing lack of advancement in their careers. The airline had resorted to fleet reduction and route rationalisation amid slackening demand for air travel.

Jet Airways had, in October 2008, handed out pink slips to nearly 1,900 staff, but had taken back all of them within two days after an agitation by the sacked employees and pressure from trade unions and the Shiv Sena, the Maharashtra-centered political outfit. Most domestic airlines have now resumed hiring as they start expanding their operations.

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