Republic plans big recruitment drive

Republic Airways Holdings, in partnership with the Piedmont Triad International Airport, will be hosting a series of recruiting sessions in Greensboro as part of its announced plans to grow its flight attendant workforce by more than 300. All three of Republic’s carriers - Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America - expect to add Flight Attendants thanks to the company’s strong partnerships with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, US Airways, and beginning in 2007, Continental Airlines. Chautauqua Airlines has a crew base of 37 flight attendants at Piedmont Triad International Airport, from which it operates 10 flights per day as Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways Express and United. The company’s existing workforce of approximately 1100 flight attendants is expected to grow to 1400 by early 2007, and a series of flight attendant training classes are scheduled for the next four months to accommodate the expansion.

“The regional airline industry continues to generate the bulk of the growth and jobs in aviation, and as we lead the sector in expanding and flying even larger jets, we are excited about the future of the airline and the opportunities for our employees,” said Republic CEO Bryan Bedford. “We have an outstanding group of flight attendants based in Greensboro, and we want to tap the region’s long affiliation with aviation and find new employees interested in joining our company and participate in our expansion.”

Ted Johnson, the Executive Director of Piedmont Triad International Airport, said he was pleased that Republic has chosen the Greensboro region as one of its recruiting sites. “Republic has 40 Flight Attendants based at the airport, and we hope that number grows in the future as we work to expand our operations and strengthen the airport’s mix of airlines, destinations and business activities. We are not just an asset to the region, but a great place to do business,” said Johnson.