Republic begins major recruitment drive

Republic Airways has announced that it will be hosting a series of recruiting sessions in Columbus, Ohio as part of its announced plans to grow its flight attendant workforce by more than 350.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. The company’s existing flight attendant workforce of approximately 1,100 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. Republic Airways recently held recruiting sessions in Greensboro, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, Indianapolis, Indiana, Washington, D.C. and New York where over 800 flight attendant candidates have participated in the recruiting sessions.

Republic Airways has major operations at Port Columbus International Airport where it operates a 140,000 square foot aircraft maintenance facility and its subsidiaries represent 25% of all scheduled departures. The company currently employs more than 675 aviation professionals in the Columbus area.

“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 Airways CEO Bryan Bedford. “We have an outstanding group of employees 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 continued expansion.”

Open house recruiting sessions will be held November 15th and 16th beginning promptly at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday and 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at The Columbus Airport Marriot located at 1375 North Cassady Avenue just off Interstate 670 at exit 9. Please note the doors to all recruiting sessions will close promptly at the beginning of the session.

Candidates must be 19 years of age with a high school diploma/GED, customer service skills and good communication skills. Please complete an on-line application and bring two valid forms of ID to the Arlington Employment Center. The employment package includes paid training, generous health insurance and related benefits, as well as travel benefits. For more information and to complete an on-line application candidates should visit our employment website at


The three Republic-owned airlines operate a series of flight attendant crew bases at Indianapolis, Louisville, Buffalo, Greensboro, St. Louis, New York LaGuardia, Columbus, Richmond, Chicago O’Hare, Washington Reagan National Airport, Pittsburgh, and Orlando. New hire flight attendants must be willing to relocate initially to any of these bases, but if eligible, can bid for openings at a preferred base. The company works with flight attendants to help them secure their preferred base as quickly as possible.