German airline Lufthansa plans to hire more than 3,000 new staff in 2017 most of them flight attendants, it said in a statement. The new recruits will join the German company’s various carriers, with almost half of them, some 1400, to be assigned at the hubs in Frankfurt and Munich alone. Of the new staff 500 are expected to join Swiss Air, 200 to work for Eurowings and 100 for Austrian Airlines. Overall the Lufthansa Group airlines will hire more than 2,200 new staff.
Carsten Spohr, chairman of the board of Deutsche Lufthansa, said: "Lufthansa remains the most attractive employer in Germany and the employer of choice for many applicants. Last year, more than 100,000 applications were submitted to the career portal. This makes us very proud. We are pleased to hire more than 3,000 staff again this year.” With 37,000 employees, the company is the largest employer in Frankfurt and the province in Hesse.
Last year, in addition to the conventional application processes, the company also held six flight attendant castings in Heidelberg, Mainz, Augsburg, Regensburg, Munich and Berlin, which was met with great interest among the target group. More than 2000 applicants went to the castings, and almost 6000 attended the regular application days in Frankfurt. Almost one in every three applicants was accepted.Lufthansa group to recruit 3,000 new staff
Other divisions are also hiring. Lufthansa Technik, for example, is planning to recruit 450 new staff at different locations, and Austrian Airlines is hiring more than 300 new, cabin, check-in and cockpit staff, and other divisions are also looking.
Lufthansa cabin crew and pilots have gone on strike several times over the last few years as the airline battles to reduce costs. Its cabin-crew union UFO said last month the latest talks over pay and working conditions had failed.