Hiring spree starts for major Indian carriers

Several domestic airlines and one international airline have announced vacancies for the position of cabin crew and pilots across multiple locations in India. The sudden demand for crew comes as passenger volumes have seen a significant surge following the two-year Covid-19 pandemic-induced lockdown.

The hiring comes as the Indian aviation sector sees a significant rise in passenger volumes after the two-year lockdown.

The skies have opened up for those in the aviation industry – in more ways than one. Air traffic has revived after two years of the pandemic and with two new airlines – Akasa Air and Jet Airways – hiring, opportunities are back on the horizon for pilots and cabin crew.

The hiring spree starts for major Indian carriers.

A simple, straightforward advertisement appeared in newspapers. It read, “Alliance Air invites applications for various posts”, with “various posts” highlighted in bold.

Before that, last month, a call from Jet Airways inviting cabin crew applications brought in over 700 CVs in five hours flat, the airline’s CEO Sanjiv Kapoor tweeted.

“We are committed to bolstering our team and further strengthening the customer experience for travellers, while we boost our operational capabilities by seeking the right people. Qatar Airways has always had a special bond with India and with this recruitment drive, we are further solidifying our commitment to the market.”

Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Airways Group

AirAisa India and Vistara have conducted their recruitment drives, and Qatar, IndiGo and Air India are still looking for candidates. Qatar Airways Group has also announced that it is looking to onboard new employees from India to support its global operations and enhance customer experience over the coming months.

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Indian carriers also losing pilots, and cabin crew to airlines in West Asia and elsewhere.

And on July 2 when another airline, Air India, held job interviews, the cabin crew of IndiGo skipped work en masse to participate.

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Air India is holding walk-in interviews for cabin crew at Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Guwahati and Goa. The national airline is also looking to hire senior trainee pilots for its Airbus fleet, and pilots for Boeing B777 planes.

Air Asia India last week held a recruitment drive for cabin crew in Gurugram for the Delhi-National Capital Region. It had also conducted hiring drives for cabin crew in Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Dehradun and Lucknow.

Vistara which operates Airbus A320, A321 and Boeing B787 aircraft, has also conducted recruitment programmes for cabin crew in Bengaluru and Mumbai, recently.

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The Indian aviation sector is also seeing an uptick in hiring due to the arrival of new airlines.

Competition is likely to soar in the country’s aviation sector during 2022, as new players enter the market going all guns blazing to hire the best talent to ensure a perfect take-off.

The great Indian talent war is on in the domestic aviation landscape which has seen a lot of upheaval in the past two years owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the post-pandemic revival and new players entering the industry.