After a three-year hiatus, Korean Air has announced the beginning of its first recruitment drive, with the airline seeking to hire more than 100 cabin crew members.
Despite operating at about 50% of its pre-pandemic capacity and noting that passenger traffic “is still below the level before the COVID-19 scenario,” the Seoul-based airline is “pre-emptively” planning for an increase in passenger counts.
“Currently, the volume of air travel is still not up to the level it was before the COVID-19 pandemic, and some cabin crew members are still on leaves of absence,” a Korean Air spokesperson said in a statement released on October 14, 2022.
“However, we decided to hire new crew members as we expect there will be a sharp increase in demand for international passengers after the end of this year, starting with the resumption of visa-free travel to Japan,” the spokesperson added.
Following a recent decision by the South Korean government to keep easing air travel restrictions due to the epidemic, the airline made its declaration.