easyJet has announced that it is to recruit more than 1,200 new permanent and fixed term cabin crew positions, over half of which will be based in the UK.
The airline, which flies more than 300 aircraft on over 1,000 routes in 33 countries, will offer its new cabin crew positions at some of easyJet’s largest bases across Europe.
New recruits will fly on a modern fleet of Airbus, including the A321neo, and will have access to a number of rewards, high quality training and opportunities for career development.
The recruitment announcement follows the recent launch of easyJet’s cabin crew apprenticeship scheme, offering 25 apprentices a year-long programme combining training at easyJet’s Gatwick academy and on the job experience.
easyJet was the first airline in the UK to offer apprenticeships under the new government apprenticeship standards.
easyJet currently employs over 8,700 cabin crew who are at the forefront of the airline’s operations, ensuring the highest safety standards are met and providing friendly service for easyJet’s 90 million passengers every year.
Tina Milton, director of cabin services at easyJet, said: “We’re delighted to be opening recruitment for more than 1,200 cabin crew positions.
“easyJet is a fantastic company to work for with everyone across the airline working together as one team to ensure we provide the excellent customer service to our passengers.
“Being cabin crew is a very rewarding role – our teams are extremely professional and energetic with a real sense of fun. We’re looking forward to welcoming more people into our growing team.”
New recruits will complete a series of online pre-coursework tasks, and will then undertake three weeks of thorough practical demonstrations in areas such as safety procedures, aviation security and first aid.
Also today, easyJet launched its first flight from London Southend Airport to Bordeaux in south-west France.
The route is the first of four to launch this summer and will be supported by the arrival of a new aircraft at the base.
Operating three times a week, easyJet expects to carry more than 30,000 passengers on the new Bordeaux route operating on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.
easyJet now operates 20 destinations from London Southend.
Sophie Dekkers, easyJet director of UK market, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be celebrating further expansion at London Southend Airport and it’s great to announce the inaugural flight to Bordeaux – one that is expected to be popular with those looking for a short break, second home owners and as a region famed for its wine-growing, wine connoisseurs.
“Having been at London Southend Airport for over six years, the addition of another aircraft this summer will help us to deliver long term, sustainable growth at the airport while providing passengers with a greater range of destinations, all with low fares and great service.”