File photo: Emirates cabin crew. All employees of the Emirates Group and logistics arm dnata will get an equivalent of five weeks' pay and will be distributed this month. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: This year may not be the best of times to hunt for a new job, but some companies are still in hiring mode and opportunities are now up for grabs for professionals looking to pursue a career in the aviation industry.

Two of the region’s major airlines, Emirates and flydubai, are now looking to recruit flight attendants and pilots to support their expanding fleet of jets. The Dubai-based carriers, which started a codeshare deal last year, have recently launched new flights to a number of destinations in 2018.

Airlines across the region continue to post positive growth, with demand  for air transport within the Middle East rising by 4.1 per cent in April and capacity climbing 3.2 per cent, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Hiring

Emirates has scheduled a number of recruitment “open days” for cabin crew in at least 45 cities in Asia, Middle East and Europe for the month of July alone.

Over the next few days or weeks, the airline’s hiring team will be scouring the globe for new flight attendants, particularly in the cities of Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Lebanon, Brazil,  Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, South Africa, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine, Argentina and United Kingdom.

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In August, Emirates' hunt for new cabin crew members will be taking place in Russia, Indonesia, Canada, Portugal, Croatia, Australia, Montenegro, Belgium, Romania, Belarus, Switzerland, Greece, Algeria, Cyprus, Moldova, Chile and Turkey.

“We continue to recruit cabin crew from across the world in line with our growing operational requirements,” a spokesperson told Gulf News.

“We have ‘open days’ in a number of cities and even if candidates are not able to attend ‘open days,’ they can register their application online.”

At flydubai, there are a number of vacancies for first officers and captains, as the Dubai-based carrier prepares to receive new aircraft and expand in key markets. There will be recruitment drives to be held abroad later this year, a source has confirmed.

“We are currently recruiting for cabin crew in the UAE and we have a recruitment programme to hire from overseas later this year,” a spokesperson told Gulf News.

“flydubai’s recruitment of new staff is in line with its future aircraft deliveries and network expansion plans,” a spokesperson told Gulf News.

The airline currently employs more than 1,700 cabin crew and more than 800 pilots. When asked how many employees the airline is looking to add this year, the spokesperson said the number of new recruits “will be matched” to the company’s aircraft deliveries.”

Emirates’ recruitment campaigns for cabin crew

(open days and assessment days)

 

Beirut, Lebanon: July 6 and August 27, 8am
Venue: Mövenpick Hotel Beirut (for July 6); venue for August 27 not yet confirmed

Osaka, Japan: July 23 (by invitation only)

Paris, France: July 7, 8am
Venue: Hotel: Le Méridien Etoile

Marseille, France: July 10, 8am
Venue: Mercure Marseille Centre Vieux Port Hotel

Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 
Venue:   Grand Elysée Hamburg

Cologne, Germany: July 9, 8am
Venue: Hyatt Regency Köln

Plovdiv, Bulgaria: July 7, 8am
Venue:  Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium

Sofia, Bulgaria: July 10, 8am
Venue:  InterContinental Sofia Hotel

Naples, Italy: July 7, 8am
Venue:  Palazzo Caracciolo MGallery by Sofitel Hotel

Palermo, Italy: July 10, 8am
Venue: Grand Hotel et des Palmes Hotel

York, United Kingdom (UK): July 7, 8am
Venue: York Marriott Hotel

Manchester, UK: July 14, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Casablanca, Morocco: July 9 (by invitation only)

Rabat, Morocco: July 11 (by invitation only)

Belgrade, Serbia: July 10, 8am
Venue: Hilton Belgrade

Katowice, Poland: July 13, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Warsaw, Poland: July 16, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Sao Paulo, Brazil: July 14, 9am
Venue: Bourbon Convention Ibirapuera

Sao Paulo, Brazil: July 21, 8am (by invitation only)

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: July 14, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Dublin, Ireland: July 14, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Galway, Ireland: July 18, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Vienna, Austria: July 19, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Bratislava, Slovakia: July 20, 8am
Venue: Double Tree by Hilton Bratislava Hotel

Kosice, Slovakia: July 23
Venue: To be confirmed

Kiev, Ukraine: July 21 and 22 (by invitation only)

Pretoria and Durban, South Africa: July 21 and July 23, respectively (by invitation only)

Madrid, Spain: July 21, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Valencia, Spain: July 24, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Seoul, South Korea: July 21 and July 22 (by invitation only)

Bangkok, Thailand: July 21 and July 22 (by invitation only)

Buenos Aires, Argentina: July 25, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Budapest, Hungary: July 27, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Debrecen, Hungary: July 30, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Ljubljana, Slovenia: July 30, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Prague, Czech Republic: July 30, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Brno, Czech Republic, August 30, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia: August 2 and 4, respectively (by invitation only)

Jakarta, Indonesia: August 4, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Toronto, Canada: August 7, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Vancouver, Canada: August 11, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Lisbon, Portugal: August 7, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Porto, Portugal: August 10, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Split, Croatia: August 12, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Perth, Australia: August 14 and August 17, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Budva, Montenegro, August 15, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed

Brussels, Belgium, August 19, 8am
Venue: To be confirmed