Aviation on the up: Lufthansa is planning 20,000 new jobs

Status: 11/21/2022 4:24 p.m

During the travel restrictions caused by the pandemic, Lufthansa laid off tens of thousands of employees. However, the industry is now recovering. The company is now looking for staff.

The recovery in the aviation industry continues. The German Lufthansa and its subsidiary Eurowings are now planning 20,000 new hires by the end of 2023. During the Corona crisis, 30,000 people were laid off by the group, and the German state had to save the airline from bankruptcy with billions in loans. The loans have since been repaid. Lufthansa currently employs around 108,000 people, compared to 137,500 before the pandemic.

The business with official and, above all, holiday trips is picking up again noticeably, as shown not least by the suitcase chaos at German airports due to a lack of staff in the summer. The sometimes chaotic scenes last summer had also brought criticism to Lufthansa.

“We are clearly showing that the Lufthansa Group is looking to the future full of ambition,” said Lufthansa Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Niggemann at the start of a new campaign with which the Lufthansa Group wants to recruit new staff.

The pandemic seems to be over

Accordingly, there is a search at all major locations in various areas from customer-related areas to IT technology, pilots and technicians. The new staff should fill both old positions that were axed due to the pandemic and newly created ones.

Lufthansa’s “Fanhansa” aircraft. The German team flew with her to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.

Image: AFP

Only recently, the Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings had to deal with a completely different personnel problem, because the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit had called for a three-day strike. According to the company, this cost 40 million euros.

Eurowings has now also announced that it will double its fleet at the capital’s BER airport. This would fill gaps that other airlines have left there. All in all, the Lufthansa Group is expecting increasing income and high profits for the current year and the coming year – the new staff will also be needed for this.

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