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7th April 2009

Flybe success leads to Jersey job growth

Leading regional airline recruiting additional cabin crew to meet demand of 33% increase in routes

Flybe, Europe’s largest and most successful regional airline, has continued to increase its commitment to the Channel Islands and in particular to Jersey where, as a result of a 33% increase in routes over Summer 2008, is now launching a recruitment drive for local cabin crew.

With the addition of six new routes to Jersey for Summer 2009, namely Luton, Manston, Isle of Man, Dundee, Humberside and Inverness, Flybe is operating 24 summer routes with over 300 flights a week to and from the island offering travellers an extensive range of destination choices. These summer routes reinforce Flybe’s commitment to bringing convenient, low cost travel to regional airports across the UK as well as reaffirming its commitment to Jersey.

Chief Commercial Officer, Mike Rutter explains: “We are proud to be able to play a key job creation role during these challenging economic times, with cabin crew recruitment an integral role in providing quality customer service. Our continued commitment to Jersey is strongly underlined by the creation of these new jobs.

“We are particularly keen to cultivate home grown employees and are looking for dynamic personalities with loads of enthusiasm and drive to continue to provide our Island passengers and the rest of the UK with the top level service and experience our customers expect.”

Mr Rutter adds: “The addition of six new summer routes to Jersey, together with the respective job creation it attracts, will benefit the island economy in these challenging times. Cabin crew recruitment plays an integral role in providing quality customer service and we look forward to receiving lots of online applications.”

The minimum age for cabin crew is 18 years and Flybe, in looking to recruit for its fully funded 4-week training course held in Exeter in May and June, is hoping to attract people who may be looking for a career change or alternatively those about to embark on a career.  Jersey has a long association with the hospitality industry and the hotel and catering industries could be just the areas that nurture the type of recruit the airline is looking for.  

The course will lead to successful recruits eventually qualifying for Flybe’s NVQ2 Aviation Operations in the Air for Cabin Crew certification, the aviation sector’s only widely recognised cabin crew qualification.