College campuses are turning into aircraft parking lots. Airliners are flying to cabin crew training institutes to handpick talent urgently needed to fort the skies. On April 4, Air Deccan, the Banglore-based low fare air service provider signed exclusive cabin crew recruitment partnership with Frankfinn Institute of Airhostess Training. The institute would supply 400 airhostesses and flight stewards per year to airline for a contract period of two years.
“India is projected to be the fastest growing country in terms of annual worldwide commercial passengers resulting in a demand for cabin crew which is 7-10 times higher then the current availability,” said KS Kohli, Chairman, Frankfinn Institute of Airhostess Training.
At present, an average of 30 trained crew members are required by an airline per aircraft. At the current pace of growth, with the collective industry fleet strength expected to reach 900 from 350 by 2009, the Indian aviation industry would require 7500-8000 cabin crew per year. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) also confirms that by 2010 the travel within Asia will become the largest with 678 million passengers compared to 552 million in the US domestic market.
Capt GR Gopinath, Managing Director, Air Deccan, said, “The tie-up would provide the right platform for scores of young men and women from all parts of India including small towns and cities to seek a dynamic career in the growing aviation sector.” Kingfisher airways is also seeking landing space in colleges campuses, job fairs, hotel and most importantly call centres to garner fuel for the service industry.
“We want our cabin crew to comprise of dynamic and passionate young faces. Our policy is to keep manpower back up the crunch staring the industry,” said Ruby Arya, head human resource, Kingfisher airways. The airline will also open a training institute to nurture talent for all sector of the aviation industry on April 5.
Spicejet has been visiting smaller towns like Raipur, Bhilai, Darjeeling etc. to tap fresh talent. “Hiring cabin crew from smaller towns is a expensive since it involves a lot of traveling, but with metros getting saturated educated smaller towns are good talent hubs,” said Ajay Jasra, head corporate communication, Spicejet. He added, “Fresher are easy to train compared to people coming from cabin crew training institutes.” The six-month-long course costs Rs 1 lakh.
Addressing a press conference, UB Group chairman and chairman and CEO of Kingfisher Airlines Vijay Mallya said, “Whatever we do, we do the best. Since the current training institutes do not churn out quality manpower, we decided to launch this venture. Apart from catering to the requirement of Kingfisher Airlines this would also supply manpower for other sectors as well. With an initial investment of Rs 10 crore, Kingfisher training institute is a 100 per cent subsidiary of UB Holdings.” Mallya said that there would be 10 such institutes in the metros within a year.