SINGAPORE — Flag carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) has resumed recruiting cabin crew, following a two-year hiring freeze caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is to meet emerging labor needs amid growing demand for international air travel as more Vaccinated Taxiways (VTLs) have been put in place, the SIA said Saturday, February 12. .

The airline – which has increased its capacity and adjusted its passenger services in line with increased demand – is now accepting applications via its website. However, he did not say how many new workers he plans to hire.

SIA said the latest hiring drive takes into account the need to replace cabin crew who have left over the past two years, as well as to meet its growth plans.

The airline will shortlist and select candidates based on merit and suitability for the position.

According to SIA Group’s 2020/2021 Annual Report, Singapore’s flag carrier lost a total of 2,829 employees between the end of March 2020 and the end of March 2021. Of these, 2,379 were cabin crew.

As of March 31, 2021, there were 6,887 cabin crew members employed by SIA, compared to 9,266 the previous year, a decrease of 25.7%.

The airline did not provide figures on its current workforce.

One of the main reasons for the job loss was a major job-cutting exercise in September 2020, as the SIA grappled with closed borders and grounded planes.

The group decided to cut around 4,300 positions on its carriers – SIA, its subsidiary SilkAir and the low-cost carrier Scoot – in September 2020.

The move affected around 2,000 employees in Singapore and overseas stations, after taking into account measures such as a hiring freeze instituted since February 2020 and natural attrition.

At the height of the pandemic, more than 2,000 SIA staff members were also redeployed to the front lines of Covid-19, supporting hospital staff, ensuring safe distance between commuters and helping to process grants. Covid-19 support

SIA said the airline has stayed in touch with cabin crew who have been impacted by the 2020 layoffs and has invited former crew members to apply for positions as part of the recruitment drive.

Like other applicants, these former staff members will also be shortlisted and selected based on merit and suitability, he added.

Although it declined to share exact figures, the airline said most of its current cabin crew and pilots are back on active duty.

This is thanks to the resumption of international air travel, mainly via VTLs. Singapore currently has 24 such air transport routes.

As a result, SIA Group transported more than 300,000 passengers in November 2021, i.e. 59.4% more than in the previous October.