Vistara, the Indian full-service airline has announced that it will be expanding its workforce to a total of 5, 000 employees by the end of 2022. Currently, the Airline has 4, 000 employees. It aims to have 70 planes by the end of 2023.
Vinod Kannan, CEO of Vistara, has admitted that the airline hasn’t been able to fully satisfy its customers, but he’s also assured that the Company is working in earnest to address the gaps.
Kannan is confident that the Company will be able to hit the 5, 000 employee headcount by the end of the year because of increase in work and capacity utilisation. He also explained that the Company has witnessed a surge in the demand for air travel since the beginning of Feburary 2022, because the number of infections has continued to go down. The Company hopes that the trend will continue so that the transition to full-time travel can happen smoothly.
Before the pandemic, Vistara had started international operations in 2019, and added more aircrafts to its fleet.
According to the aviation regulator, DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), Vistara carried 4.79 lakh domestic passengers in January and had a market share of 7.5 per cent. In contrast, IndiGo carried 35.57 lakh domestic passengers, followed by SpiceJet (6.80 lakh), Air India (6.56 lakh) and Go First (6.35 lakh).
Vistara has been steadily trying to restore operations to pre-pandemic levels, and has been successful in resuming the distribution of non-vegetarian meals in Economy Class on all domestic flights.