European low-cost carrier Wizz Air has launched its biggest ever recruitment drive, seeking to add 800 new cabin crew across its network by December. The airline is holding six events in Luton, near London, for aspiring UK-based cabin crew to find out more about working for the airline. Wizz says it is anticipating tripling its fleet in the next 10 years, with some 500 Airbus aircraft set to arrive at the airline.
Cabin crew wanted
The recovery is in full swing for Wizz Air, as the airline is keenly seeking new employees to support its future growth. As part of its widespread recruitment drive, the airline will host its biggest ever cabin crew recruitment roadshow in Luton over the next three months.
The Luton recruitment roadshows will take place at the Hampton by Hilton, Luton Airport, at 42-50 Kimpton Road, Luton. The proposed dates are August 26th, September 4th, 9th, and 27th, and finally October 11th and 25th.
Wizz says that prospective applicants should arrive promptly at 9 am on the day, with an up-to-date CV in hand and a positive attitude to the days’ events. The roadshows will last for a full day each and will include situational role play, team exercises, and a one-on-one interview with each candidate.
Wizz is one of the few airlines that did not lay off huge numbers of workers during the COVID crisis. Indeed, the airline will likely find plenty of experienced out-of-work candidates from rival airlines whose job roles did not survive the downturn, as well as fresh applicants who are keen to enter the industry.
The airline says it offers competitive rates of pay, as well as discounts on travel and airline tickets for family and friends. It also supports career progression, including its unique Cabin Crew to Captain program, which seeks to support cabin crew in gaining their commercial pilot’s license.
500 aircraft in 10 years
One of the reasons Wizz is in need of so many new workers is its ambitious plans for growth over the next decade. We’ve already seen evidence of its bullish outlook to a post-COVID recovery, with the opening of 18 new bases and more than 300 new routes in the past 12 months alone.
In the UK itself, the airline has already opened new bases at Doncaster Sheffield and Gatwick. Although the Cardiff opening did not go ahead as planned, it is still firmly on the future calendar, with summer 2022 as the new proposed launch date.
The airline says it is expecting to triple the size of its fleet over the next decade, adding 500 more Airbus aircraft in the next 10 years. As such, it will be seeking to recruit not only hundreds of cabin crew but also new pilots and other crew members to support this growth.
Marion Geoffroy, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, commented on the airline’s growth, saying,
“It has been an exciting year of expansion for Wizz Air, and we are delighted to invite aspiring cabin crew to join one of our upcoming recruitment events, to learn more about the opportunities we have to offer in an incredibly diverse and multicultural team.
“At WIZZ, we are proud of the quick progression opportunities, the quality of our trainings and the competitive salaries. As we return to pre-pandemic capacity and continue our focus on sustainable growth, we look forward to welcoming talented cabin crew candidates to join our growing family.