EasyJet plans to hire more than 1,000 staff in the largest cabin crew recruitment drive in its 21-year history.

Over 1,200 men and women will be given permanent and fixed-term positions at the budget airline.

This will increase its total number of cabin crew from more than 6,900 to 8,100.

The Luton-based carrier revealed earlier this year that it was recruiting more than 450 pilots and providing opportunities for its first officers to be promoted to captaincy roles.

The airline, which operates more than 270 aircraft on over 880 routes in 31 countries, will offer new cabin crew positions across almost all of its 28 European bases.

New recruits will fly on a modern fleet of Airbus aircraft, including the newest A320neo.

Head of cabin service Tina Milton said: “We’re delighted to be opening recruitment for more than 1,200 cabin crew positions today.

“EasyJet is a fantastic company to work for, with everyone across the airline working together as one team to ensure we provide the highest standard of service for our customers.

“Being cabin crew is a very rewarding role. Our teams are extremely professional and energetic with a real sense of fun.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming more people into our growing team.”