National carrier Air India has picked 365 candidates this year while the recruitment exercise is under way for filling up 435 vacancies to tackle shortage of cabin crew, Parliament was informed today.
However, there has been no impact of the cabin crew shortage at Air India on the flight schedules, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said.
“Keeping in view the attrition rate of cabin crew and future induction of aircraft, two recruitment exercises to induct cabin crew have been undertaken,” Raju said in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question.
The first recruitment exercise was completed in January 2015 and a total of 365 candidates were selected as Experienced Cabin Crew/Trainee Cabin Crew, he said.
In respect of the second recruitment exercise, advertisement for filling up residual 435 vacancies for trainee cabin crew has been issued on March 25 and the last date for application was April 4, the Minister added.
To a question as to whether the national carrier has been unable to maintain its schedules due to shortage of cabin crew, the Minister replied in the negative.
Air India has over 2,500 cabin crew, including executive officers, to man its fleet of over 100 planes.
The government recently gave its approval to the airline’s proposal to hire additional 800 cabin crew members to overcome staff shortage.