Airlines in the US are on a hiring spree with most carriers keen to get as many flights up in the air as possible. It is anticipated that by 2022, the number of flight attendants will increase from the present 80,000 to 1,00,000. This only shows that a close to full recovery is in sight, sooner than expected, may be by the end of this year itself.
American, United and Delta Airlines are already in the process of hiring or have revealed their intention to hire this year. Southwest Airlines is also working on its hiring process.
While it is true that business travel and international travel are nowhere close to what they used to be before the pandemic, leisure travel is picking up fast. This has led to an increase in fares and a growing demand for crew and support staff. The pilots and other members of the crew who had been given early retirement packages last year, have left behind many vacancies, which will need to be filled up on an urgent basis.
However, the sector is confident of filling these vacancies fast as flight attendant jobs offer lucrative salaries, between $50,000 to $60,000 per annum, while pilots end up earning more than double the amount.
With more and more people getting vaccinated and people discarding their fear of travel, the airlines have started getting their employees back from voluntary leave.
About 18 per cent of the workforce of the major US airlines was reduced in 2020 through voluntary unpaid leaves and premature retirement schemes. In some cases, the staff were sent on voluntary unpaid leave but continued to enjoy benefits and, or even part of their pay.