Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Vistara, IndiGo resume hiring as they plan to expand fleet and network

New Delhi: Some of the airlines like Vistara, IndiGo, GoAir have resumed hiring as they are planning to expand fleet and network curtailed during the first few months of the pandemic. Full-service carrier Vistara has hired more than 50 operational staff incrementally over the last few months as it has added five aircraft to its fleet, the Economic Times mentioned in a report citing an industry executive. IndiGo, too, is hiring across all functions.

However, companies are skeptical that the growth in demand, which picked up pace in the last few months will, however, be slugging in the coming months, especially due to a spurt in Covid-19 cases and fresh rules of testing flyers for coronavirus as mandated by state governments. That will rein in expansion and hiring, said airline executives.

“While we have been taking measured steps towards growing our operations, we have also been hiring very selectively to address specific business requirements,” the business daily quoted a spokesperson at Vistara as saying. “These have been mainly for select operational roles, replacements of voluntary exits, and strategic needs, etc. We plan to continue to invest in people resources in line with our expansion plans.”

The spokesperson said that while the domestic market has been gradually moving towards the pre-Covid levels, the airline got the opportunity to launch operations to six new international destinations under India’s travel bubble agreements with different countries.

“In a span of a few months, we launched Dhaka, Doha, London, Frankfurt, Sharjah and Male. We also inducted two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, two Airbus A321neos and four Airbus A320neo aircraft to our fleet in the calendar year 2020,” the spokesperson added.

Similarly, IndiGo is trying to get closer to its pre-Covid staff count.

“We started our gradual rehiring process in December 2020 and are now hiring across most functions at IndiGo and Agile (the airline’s airport services subsidiary),” the business daily quoted IndiGo’s head of HR, Raj Raghavan as saying. “We are excited to get some of our old colleagues back in our fold, wherever feasible, in this process of rehiring.”

03/03/21 ETNowNews

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