The aviation industry was one of the worst-hit after the outbreak of Covid-19. But the post-pandemic era has cast a new ray of sunshine on the industry. Airline traffic is picking up again as more countries are allowing travel. That has also invited an influx of employment into the industry. People have begun to travel again, and airline companies have reported a tremendous growth in bookings. Etihad, for example, has shown a massive 300% rise in bookings.
As the fresh wave of this uptrend took off, new players are jumping in on the bandwagon in addition to the ones that are restarting business after a rough patch. Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has started receiving new orders, like the 72 aircraft order from Akasa Airlines (India), along with 59 other aircraft orders they got in the third quarter of 2021. Airbus delivered 460 units to 76 customers in 2021. The existing planes which have been out of action are also returning to service to fulfil the seat demand. The Indian airline Jet Airways is also set to restart services from 2022, after being shut down in 2019. The operations are going back to full scale, if not even more. Major airlines have already started recruiting to fill in the thousands of vacancies. New opportunities are arising for the pilots, cabin crew, and other airline staff. Emirates started recruitments for over 3,500 cabin crew and 500 airport staff for the Dubai hub.
Domestic travel has also seen a year-on-year increase. Travelling has been liberalized again by most governments, which encourages people to step out. With new safety protocols as a priority goal for safe travel, many service providers have stepped up to it. Airlines have also been expanding into cargo and chartered flight services, which will bring in the demand for more employees; pilots, and flight crews in particular.
All in all, the situation looks promising for the future of commercial aviation. It is a great time to get into a career in this industry as a flying officer or cabin crew. The slowdown is over, and airlines are looking to take off to new heights.