Air India begins process for hiring 800 cabin crew

By: | Published: September 28, 2015 12:32 AM

State-owned carrier, Air India which has been suffering from shortage of cabin crew has initiated the process of inducting 800 cabin crew.

State-owned carrier, Air India which has been suffering from shortage of cabin crew has initiated the process of inducting 800 cabin crew.

Civil aviation ministry officials said that once the hiring is over, which is expected to happen over the next few months, Air India will be in a “comfortable position”. The airline has been suffering from pilots and cabin crew complaining of rosters being changed once finalised.

An internal survey early this year revealed that nearly 50% of the roster is changed after it is made, causing confusion and in turn causing delays.

The shortage in cabin crew has led to flight delays of up to eight hours in recent times. According to the internal report, there was “no-show” of almost half of the cabin crew for scheduled duties because of changes and confusion.

The report was based on data collated over six to seven month period ending February.

Ministry officials said that so far two recruitment exercises have been undertaken. “Total of 534 candidates have been selected so far, and the process is still on,” said officials.

Air India is aiming at completing the process of hiring before winter sets in, as December to February are the months when the number of delays go up because of bad weather conditions.

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