UAE airlines in hiring spree as flight networks get busy

UAE airlines are back to hiring, with Air Arabia and Wizz Air Abu Dhabi joining Emirates and Etihad Airways in wanting more personnel as more services to returning to the skies. For Air Arabia, the recruitments come as it prepares to launch a national airline in Armenia – Fly Arna – by late May.

Not just pilots and cabin crew, the new positions being hired include those for back-office positions. Analysts said the UAE airlines are making ‘replacement hires’ to keep their organizations running smoothly and that it would take a while for new jobs to be created.

Emirates and Etihad have already gone through the process in recent months, with the Dubai airline taking in pilots and cabin crew as well as support staff. Abu Dhabi’s Etihad last October went on a major cabin crew recruitment drive as its network started getting busy.

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad is looking to hire up to 1,000 new staffers to join as cabin crew. The recruitment days will take place in 10 countries, including Egypt, Lebanon, Russia, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, apart from the UAE.

Etihad Airways is hiring Cabin Crew

Applicants interested in attending the recruitment days should register in advance by visiting Etihad’s website. Employees laid off due to the pandemic can apply through the airline’s alumni programme, which is currently advertising the positions available.

Air Arabia

Sharjah’s low-cost carrier has posted several job roles on the social media platform Linkedin. The only Middle East airline to report a profit in 2020 is launching in Armenia through a joint venture. During a media briefing earlier this month, Air Arabia CEO Adel Al Ali said that more than 100 employees would be needed with the deployment of each new airplane.

“The more airplanes you bring, the more places you will fly to and more people will need to recruit – it’s a moving number that will continue to grow very fast.”

For now, the airline has posted vacancies for a customer relations manager, a codeshare and alliance support executive, a paralegal, a rotatable controller, a manager – propulsion and a ‘key account’ executive.

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi

UAE’s newest national airline – also flying in the budget space – is slowly but steadily expanding its routes and regional operations. With that comes the need to take in fresh hires to fuel this growth. The latest positions being advertised are for a post holder crew training manager, cabin crew training manager and an office assistant.

Abu Dhabi Aviation

The largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East is on the lookout for a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer as well as an aircraft maintenance assistant.

Airbus too

Not just local carriers and aviation companies, the European aircraft maker Airbus is also into workforce expansion as the industry gears up for a full return to recovery from the pandemic and its multiple variants.

Last week, the European plane-maker announced its plan to recruit around 6,000 new employees across the entire group as the company looks to decarbonize where possible. “Airbus has demonstrated resilience throughout the Covid crisis, and has laid the foundations for a bold future for sustainable aviation,” said Thierry Baril, Airbus Chief Human Resources & Workplace Officer, in a statement.

Ticket rates to Dubai from Indian cities drop

Fares from high-traffic Indian cities to Dubai are recording sharp drops as UAE comes out of its peak tourist season. Seats on the New Delhi to Dubai route can be booked for less than Dh700 compared to the Dh,1000-Dh1,500 a month ago, while a ticket from Mumbai is averaging up to Dh1,000.

Mumbai, which relies heavily on traffic from Dubai, dropped a seven-day quarantine requirement it had imposed on passengers flying in from the UAE. State-wide COVID-19 restrictions were brought back in response to a spike in the highly-transmissible Omicron variant.

Go First is now connecting Srinagar and Sharjah with four weekly flights.

During the pandemic, airlines launched flights to new destinations to tap into the ever-increasing demand for travel. Budget carrier Air Arabia Abu Dhabi has begun operating direct flights to Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram. Indian low-cost airline Go First is now connecting Srinagar and Sharjah with four weekly flights.

(With Inputs from Gulf News)