Airlines jobs back with a bang, carriers looking to recruit by hundreds

If the hiring spree in the aviation sector is any indication the sun is shining once again on the Indian aviation industry, which seems to have left behind the rough patch in which it found itself for two years in the wake of the global downturn.

The government too has lent a helping its willingness to increase the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the sector.

The job market which is now booming with airlines advertising for hundreds of openings has never been better. Pilots, cabin crew, ground staff are much in demand and though the uptick first became apparent in February, the uptrend now is in full swing.

According to analysts, perhaps the first sign of a strong recovery in the offing came last month when Jet Airways started calling up the flight attendants it had retrenched in 2008 amid much protests. The carrier sent out a mail informing its online cabin crew staffers that "leave without pay will be restricted and approved only under extreme circumstances". "With additional routes and frequencies and crew attrition we are at a critical threshold with regards to crew numbers," the mail said.