emirates recruitment drive

With the airline having restored 90% of its flight network, it is looking to hire additional pilots, cabin crew, engineering specialists, and ground staff to be based in Dubai and outstation.

Airline company Emirates aims to boost its operational workforce by recruiting more than 6,000 staff over the next six months. According to its media statement, additional pilots, cabin crew, engineering specialists, and ground staff are needed "to support the airline’s ramp up of operations across its global network".

This comes in response to the "sooner-than-expected surge in customer demand", seeing as Emirates has already restored 90% of its network and is on track to reach 70% of its pre-pandemic capacity by the end of 2021. Its flight schedules are being supplemented with increased frequencies to meet the current pent-up demand.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said: "Our requirement for 6,000 additional operational staff signifies the quick recovery Dubai’s economy is witnessing and will lead to opportunities and other positive developments across various other businesses, including those in the consumer, travel and tourism sectors.

"We have been prudently restoring our operations in line with the borders re-opening and ease of travel protocols, and with the positive signs in the economic recovery and continuous growth of demand, we are hopeful to be back to where we were pre-pandemic, from mid-2022."

Emirates's recruitment drive has, in fact, been in place since September as it embarked on a worldwide campaign to recruit 3,000 cabin crew and 500 airport services employees to join its Dubai hub to support its operational requirements arising from the travel industry recovery. It will now require an additional 700 ground staff in Dubai and across its network.

Beyond service and ground crew, the airline is also looking at offering career opportunities for 600 qualified pilots interested in joining the global airline’s Flight Operations team based in Dubai, as well as 1,200 skilled technical staff, comprising aircraft engineers and engineering support staff, to be based in Dubai and outstations as part of its Engineering team.

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