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airBaltic begins reversing pandemic job cuts

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airBaltic has stated that it plans to hire 320 new crew members by next summer, including 120 pilots and 200 cabin crew members.

The Latvian airline intends to rehire largely former pilots who were released owing to the epidemic and pilot academy graduates.

“We are glad to see an increasing demand for travel and have introduced a number of new destinations this year,” said Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic.

“In response to increased vaccine coverage internationally and loosened travel restrictions, we are preparing to scale back our flight operations.

“As a result, we have decided to rehire our previous employees and add new team members to our crew for the upcoming summer season.”

“We also aim to receive eight further brand-new Airbus A220-300 aircraft in 2022,” he added.

“By hiring extra flight crew today, we will continue to prepare for flights with a fleet of 40 aircraft, which we hope to have by the end of 2022.”

In addition to pilots, the airline will accept experienced cabin crew members as well as those with no prior flying experience.

The rehiring process will begin this autumn and continue in stages until the start of summer next year.

AirBaltic now employs a total of 1,366 employees, including 200 pilots and 342 cabin staff.

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