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7th April 2009

Flybe success leads to Guernsey job growth

Leading regional airline recruiting additional cabin crew to meet demand

Flybe, Europe’s largest and most successful regional airline, continues to increase its commitment to the Channel Islands and in particular to Guernsey where it is now launching a recruitment drive for local cabin crew.

The airline is operating six routes to and from Guernsey over the 2009 summer season with more than 190 flights a week that, as part of its extensive 187 summer route network, includes its key London Gatwick service as well as those to Birmingham, Exeter, Jersey, Manchester and four daily flights to Southampton.

Flybe’s extensive network allows passengers travelling from Guernsey the additional choice of over 39 convenient connections to a wide range of destinations throughout the UK and regional Europe. These include the option of a 4-5 weekly service to Alicante via Southampton, an affordable choice that gives passengers the ability to save money and bypass more costly connections by having to travel through London.

As a result, Flybe is bucking the economic downturn and looking now for additional cabin crew. 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 Guernsey is strongly underlined by the creation of these new jobs and we look forward to receiving lots of online applications.

“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.”

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.  Guernsey 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.