Etihad Airways to expand cabin crew job search to more countries

Etihad Airways will expand its search for cabin crew to countries across Europe, Asia and Africa over the next eight weeks after its recruitment drive in Dubai attracted thousands of applicants.

Recruiters from the Abu Dhabi-based airline will meet candidates in more than half a dozen countries around the world, including the UK, Italy, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Africa South and Thailand, an Etihad representative said. The National tuesday.

Etihad Airways’ recruitment campaign in Dubai on Monday attracted more than 5,000 cabin crew applicants, the representative said. Selected candidates will be invited to attend the judging days on June 14 and 15.

“We are extremely proud of our cabin crew…and we look forward to growing our team as our business rebounds,” the rep said.

Etihad Airways is in the process of hiring 1,000 additional staff, from cabin crew to ground staff. At the end of 2021, Etihad’s total workforce stood at 12,533 employees.

The airline is expanding its workforce as it ramps up operations in response to a rebound in air travel demand, expectations of a busy summer season and the addition of new Airbus A350s to its fleet.

The airline expects to deliver a strong performance in the first half of 2022 thanks to higher load factors, strong passenger yields, solid cargo activity and lower costs, said Tony Douglas, chief executive of the Etihad Aviation group. The National in May.

The airline currently operates three Airbus A350s, following the aircraft’s maiden flight on March 31, and plans to bring two more A350s into service by the end of the year, Douglas said.

The global aviation industry is recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic which has weighed on demand for air travel, forcing airlines to ground planes and lay off workers.

Today, the industry faces the challenge of rehiring staff quickly enough to meet a rebound in demand as travel restrictions are eased.

Efforts to attract employees to an industry hard hit by the virus for two years have been difficult and complicated.

Job losses and pay cuts have forced aviation workers to seek more stable jobs in other industries, resulting in a shortage of qualified and well-trained personnel.

The staff shortage is compounded by the time it takes to train workers and the bottleneck for security clearances as the airline industry prepares for the peak summer season in the North.

According to the International Air Transport Association (Iata), training and security clearance for new personnel can take more than six months.

“’We are in a battle for talent. And as we try to rebuild our industry, it’s important that we become more attractive, especially more attractive to women,” Iata Chief Executive Willie Walsh said at the Changi Aviation Summit in May.

“This industry has always been viewed as a male dominated industry, we need to change that to ensure we can not only attract but also retain the best talent in the industry so that we can build on the progress we have made and ensure that we have a sustainable financial business and a sustainable environmental business for the future.

Understaffing at airlines and airports has contributed to long queues and flight disruptions, frustrating travelers and overwhelming airlines.

Staffing shortages could become the industry’s Achilles’ heel, forcing airlines to cut capacity and hampering their ability to meet the stronger-than-expected rebound in travel demand, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

In the first quarter of this year, travel demand returned to 48% of pre-pandemic levels, Iata said. In some parts of the world, including Europe, North America and Latin America, the recovery has reached around 60%.

Updated: June 14, 2022, 12:46 p.m.

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