The airline industry is flying high again, and so is the job market for cabin crew.
Indian carriers are in the market to hire flight attendants en mass, as they add planes and fly to more destinations to meet increasing demand for air travel. After being in the red for several years, most airlines are reporting profits now, giving them confidence to expand.
SpiceJet will be hiring 100 flight attendants a month for the next three months and thereafter 75 every month. Go Air is inducting 50 each month, CEO Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said in a recent interview. Based on their expansion plans, Tata Sons’ two ventures, AirAsia India and Vistara, are expected to recruit at least 300 cabin crew members between them over the next 12 months.
This hiring spree is backed by the Indian market’s fastest expansion in several years. Domestic air traffic grew 18% in 2015 over 2014, the fastest annualised growth rate in the world, figures from global lobbying body International Air Transport Association show. This year, India has been outpacing the world every month in demand growth, IATA has said. India’s fleet size is about 63% of the entire South Asia, but its outstanding orders for planes account for 95% of those from the region, global .
While the rosy industry fundamentals are likely to keep the job market hot, a chunk of the new recruitments at airlines is to replenish vacancies created by attrition. Pilots and crew constitute a job segment which sees the maximum churn in the industry. For example, of the 1,200 hires that IndiGo made last year, about 900 were net additions while the rest were replacements.
Meanwhile, the recruitment process for cabin crew has undergone a major shift over the years, say industry executives.