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Vistara Plans to Hire More Employees As Air Traffic Takes Pace Post Covid

Vistara airlines is planning to considerably boost manpower to a total of 5000 by the end of 2022. According to reports, the airline operator is looking forward to focusing on increasing capacity utilization, fleet expansion, and improving the overall quality of services. At present, the staff strength is around 4,000 people. The aviation sector was hit by the coronavirus pandemic including the third wave which had a significant effect on air traffic while the industry was reviving last year. Now, the airline industry is again on a roll and there is a constant rise in traffic numbers.  Against the present circumstances, Vistara CEO Vinod Kannan admitted that the airline company has failed to live up to customer expectations. He ensured that necessary steps would be taken to address the present gaps for attracting more traffic. He was quoted saying: "We wanted to make sure that we explain our side of the story….in February what we have seen is that demand has come back and people have started to travel and I think with this is going down this touchwood will be the trend for the future." While emphasizing that the airline is working on a multidimensional business strategy, he said that presently more flights are operating than in the pre-covid period.  According to Vinod Kannan, there are around 220 to 250 departures every day. Since the airline sector is slowly gaining momentum, strategies are being implemented to promote growth. The new approaches will ensure that efforts remain consistent towards scaling up operations. It also involves strengthening the workforce. Currently, the airline has around 50 planes and the number will increase significantly by the end of 2023 after considering some of the aircraft that will be returned to the lessors. Vistara Airlines is a joint venture between the Tata and the Singapore airlines that started hiring for operational posts around October last year before the third wave of coronavirus. “Our current staff strength is about 4000...so we expect to increase the number to up to 5000 as we ramp up through the year. As new aircraft deliveries commence it will increase capacity utilization significantly,” said Kannan. It is reported that numerous changes and enhancements will be put into operation along with fast-tracking initiatives across the IT infrastructure to make the experience even more convenient for the customers. Vistara chief said: “I have taken stock of things as they stood, and I want to assure you that we are addressing some of the gaps on a war footing.” The airline has restored some of its onboard services to pre-pandemic standards along with offering non-vegetarian meals in the economy class across all domestic flights.

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