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With a £1,000 bonus, BA tries to recruit rival cabin crew members

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As the airline fights to recruit new cabin crew, British Airways is giving a £1,000 “golden hello” to new hires.

New staff will be paid £500 after three months and the remainder after six months, according to the company, but only if they can start before July.

After making drastic layoffs during the peak of the pandemic, airlines and airports are having difficulty finding new employees.

Due to a surge in demand ahead of Easter and a lack of workers, BA and others have been forced to cancel flights.

One impediment to hiring is that airline employees must undergo strict security checks, which can take weeks or months to complete.

BA requires candidates to have an airside ID for either Heathrow or London Stansted Airports, as well as completion of cabin crew safety training, implying that the business will recruit from competitor airlines.

Cabin crew who are unable to begin training before to July this year, for example, due to a protracted notice period, “may not be eligible for the welcome bonus,” according to the document.

BA has canceled roughly 1,200 flights since the beginning of the year owing to staff shortages and Covid-related absences.

BA had previously canceled flights due to bad weather in 2022, which created delays in offloading baggage from planes. IT problems also caused luggage to pile up and people to be stranded on planes after they landed on some flights.

Because of the epidemic and the travel industry’s constraints, the airline had to lay off roughly 10,000 people. Last year, though, it began rehiring employees.


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