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Lufthansa to hire 20,000 employees to tackle staff shortages

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Lufthansa, the national airline of Germany, has announced plans to launch a fresh recruitment push and hire 20,000 new staff members.

The carrier is looking to hire aviation professionals to fill roles such as pilots, cabin crew members, aircraft technicians, as well as IT specialists and lawyers, as it continues to experience a robust recovery in passenger demand for air travel following the pandemic.

New hires are anticipated to join the airline at its hubs in Germany, Austria, Belgium, and Switzerland, particularly in Frankfurt (FRA), Munich (MUC), Hamburg (HAM), Vienna (VIE), Brussels (BRU), and Zurich (CRH).

Just about 140,000 people were employed by Lufthansa before the end of 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the airline implemented dramatic cost-cutting measures between 2020 and 2022 and let go of at least 10,000 staff members.

The decision led to staff shortages that complicated operations and forced Lufthansa to cancel thousands of flights during the busiest summer travel period in 2022.

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