Lot Polish Airlines wants to hire 300 new pilots by the end of this year, said CEO of PLL LOT Rafal Milczarski.
The carrier has just announced its recruitment process and is looking for pilots mainly from Central and Eastern Europe for their operations centres in Warsaw and Budapest.
“Unlike in low-cost airlines, LOT’s pilots can have a wide career path at their disposal, which means having the opportunity to switch from one type of aircraft to others, including our flagship ‘Dreamliner’, an aeroplane many pilots dream of flying,” said Adrian Kubicki, a spokesman for LOT.
Additionally, for the first time in the history of the carrier, the Polish-language requirement has disappeared from the pilot recruitment process, Kubicki added.
Also, LOT is counting on the recruitment of Polish pilots who work for airlines around the world.
“We would like to reach them with the message that perhaps the situation on the aviation market once may have forced them to leave Poland and work in Asia or South America, for example, but now they can consider returning to Poland because LOT has become a strong and attractive employer, which is able to offer them a very attractive alternative, in other words the possibility of returning,” he said.
Last year, LOT carried 6.8 million passengers, or 25 percent more than a year earlier. This year, the airline plans to transport 9 million passengers, and in 2019, more than 10 million air travelers.
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