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Singapore Airlines resumes cabin crew recruitment after two-year hiring freeze

Singapore Airlines resumes cabin crew recruitment after two-year hiring freeze

Cabin crew speak to participants during a tour of the Singapore Airlines Training Centre in Singapore Nov 21, 2020, as part of a series of initiatives to re-engage customers who have not been able to travel due to the coronavirus. (Photo: REUTERS/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE: National carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) has resumed cabin crew recruitment after a two-year hiring freeze, and it is now accepting applications through its website.

The recruitment drive for cabin crew is done to "meet manpower requirements", an SIA spokesperson said on Saturday (Feb 12), in response to CNA's queries.

The airline instituted a hiring freeze on all ground positions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2020. Other measures it took to cut costs included offering cabin crew early release or retirement. SIA Group also cut positions across its three airlines in September 2020 - SIA, SilkAir and Scoot - in light of the impact of the pandemic on the aviation industry.

"Most of our pilots and cabin crew have returned to active duty with SIA," the airline said. The company has been increasing its capacity "in a calibrated manner" and adjusting its passenger services in line with the rising demand for air travel owing to Singapore’s vaccinated travel lane (VTL) arrangements, the spokesperson added.

The recruitment drive takes into account the need to replace cabin crew who have quit the company over the last two years, and will help meet the airline's growth plans, the spokesperson added.

SIA said that it has kept in touch with those who were impacted by the job cut of 4,300 positions in September 2020, and is inviting former cabin crew who are keen to rejoin the company to apply. 

"They will similarly be shortlisted and selected based on merit and suitability for the role," the spokesperson said.

The airline said that it would "continue to make necessary investments" in its people and the business in order to ensure it is in a "position to emerge stronger" as international air travel recovers.

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Source: CNA/nh(ta)