DUBAI: Emirates Airlines plans to recruit over 6,000 staffers over the next six months to boost its workforce.
As Covid-19 restrictions ease worldwide with the accelerated distribution of vaccines, additional pilots, cabin crew, engineering specialists, and ground staff will be needed to support the airline’s increasing operations across its global network to respond to the sooner-than-expected surge in customer demand, the airline said on Monday.
Emirates has already restored 90 percent of its network and is on track to reach 70 percent of its pre-pandemic capacity by the end of 2021, it said.
“Emirates has always been at the heart of Dubai’s growth. 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,” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman, and chief executive of Emirates airline and group, said.
“As travel demand gains more traction than was earlier anticipated, Emirates will now require an additional 700 ground staff in Dubai and across its network,” the airline said. Emirates is also recruiting 600 qualified pilots in Dubai.
The airline will reinforce its engineering team by hiring 1,200 skilled technical staff, comprising aircraft engineers and engineering support staff, to be based in Dubai and outstations, the statement said.