Now is the perfect time to look for cabin crew jobs, new IATA figures show

Get to grips with the latest IATA figures and what they mean for cabin crew jobs in this blog from AeroProfessional, the aviation recruitment experts.


Now is the perfect time to look for cabin crew jobs, new IATA figures show

If you’re on the lookout for cabin crew jobs, new figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) are sure to fill you with optimism!

With epic aviation industry growth on the one hand and a shortage of skilled aviation staff on the other, there’s rarely been a better time to be a cabin crew candidate.

So, whether you’re looking to make a tactical career move or establish yourself within the industry, read on to find out more about the trends and opportunities that matter.

The latest IATA figures and what they say about cabin crew jobs today

IATA recently commissioned Circle Research to investigate job creation and retention across the industry today. The company spoke to HR professionals from across the sector.

Here’s a brief intro to IATA’s findings:

  • 75% of aviation HR professionals expect to see numbers of cabin crew, ground ops and customer services increase over the next two years
  • Despite such demand, 48% regard finding new talent in these areas as a challenging prospect, increasing opportunities for candidates
  • HR professionals cite career progression (49%) and training/development (33%) as the things that will help improve job satisfaction and staff retention
  • Just 28% of those surveyed believe the training methods offered today are effective, which could increase calls for new training methods
  • In addition, all this should be set against wider aviation growth figures, which estimate passenger numbers will double to 7.8 billion by 2036

The results of this research set out how the aviation job market is moving in favour of candidates, most notably cabin crew, but also ground operations and customer services staff.

Which airlines are hiring cabin crew right now?

We’ve scoured the aviation job market to bring you this summary of all the major cabin crew hiring initiatives going on right now:


Norwegian – among the fastest-growing airlines worldwide – is now hiring in the UK and Argentina.

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The company is on the lookout for cabin crew to staff its fleet of super-modern aircraft, flying from London Gatwick, as well as Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Mendoza.


The low-cost carrier is looking to recruit 90 new cabin crew in the Manchester area.

The company has also inducted the first 25 candidates into its year-long cabin crew apprenticeship initiative – the first of its kind.


The Dubai-based airline is in the midst of an epic cabin crew recruitment drive.

Emirates hosted 50 open days in August and has scheduled in 55 more for September. These are taking place all over the world and seemingly mark the end of the financial difficulties experienced last year.

Delta Airlines

Across the pond, Delta Airlines is seeking to hire 1,000 new US cabin crew in total.

There’s no closing date just yet. But, they’ve stated they’re on the lookout for degree-educated candidates aged 21+ who are authorised to work in the US, especially those who speak two languages or more.

With so many opportunities out there right now, it’s time to think about how you could use this to your advantage and push your career forward.

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