Insufficient staff was one of the main issues airlines confronted post-Covid. After having laid off employees during the pandemic, airlines around the world struggled to meet the sky-rocketing demand that ensued as soon as travel restrictions were lifted. While the travel chaos of 2022 seems to have calmed down, the aviation industry is still on an upward trend and airlines are recruiting more and more people to meet growth demands.
The Lufthansa Group, encompassing Lufthansa, Eurowings, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines, already hired over 13,000 new employees last year, but plans on hiring just as many new people this year to support its continued growth. Having achieved record profits in the third quarter of 2023 and currently counting over 95,000 employees in more than 90 countries around the world, the group’s expansion needs more support, especially in the face of a the newly launched City Airlines, which is bound to start operations this summer.
After all, it is our colleagues in the air and on the ground who are there for our passengers every day and give our brands and companies a face.Dr Michael Niggemann, Lufthansa Group Executive Board Member for Human Resources and Infrastructure
“In an industry like ours, success stands and falls with those who give their best every day to inspire our customers”, said Dr Michael Niggemann, the Lufthansa Group Executive Board Member responsible for Human Resources and Infrastructure. “We therefore continue to focus on attracting new employees and being an attractive employer. After all, it is our colleagues in the air and on the ground who are there for our passengers every day and give our brands and companies a face.”
This year’s new recruits will be filling a wide range of positions, the group explained. Lufthansa plans to recruit more than 3,500 people in cabin crew positions and around 1,000 new pilots. Along with cabin and cockpit personnel, technicians and new employees in IT are particularly sought after, with around 2,000 technicians, from which roughly 800 trainees, and approximately 900 IT experts wanted this year. Jobs are also being advertised in other areas, such as ground staff at the Lufthansa hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.