BA subsidiary CityFlyer on recruitment drive for pilots

BA subsidiary CityFlyer on recruitment drive for pilots

Birmingham is the focus of a recruitment campaign for more captains by British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer.

The airline’s regional arm wants to attract experienced direct entry captains to join the growing business.

New captains will operate services out of one of the airline’s two main bases at London City airport and Edinburgh.

The airline is holding an open day at the Hilton Metropole hotel at the Birmingham NEC on November 27 seeking pilots to operate flights on its growing network.

The event is aimed at experienced pilots with existing commercial or military experience.

Birmingham airport was one of four bases run by Monarch Airlines before its collapse last month.

BA CityFlyer currently has 215 pilots, 104 captains and 111 first officers. The airline is also one of the biggest employers of female pilots, representing 15% of the workforce, including eight captains.

The carrier is the leading airline at London City, operating a fleet of 20 Embraer 170 and 190 regional jets to more than 30 destinations throughout the UK and Europe.

The airline began flying from Birmingham airport in May for the first time in 10 years.

Together with new services from Manchester, Bristol and Stansted, BA CityFlyer runs 58 routes.

Head of flight operations Captain Steve Cook said: “As BA CityFlyer continues to grow, we are recruiting captains to play an important role in our continuing success.

“As an airline we have a proud reputation for safety and highly trained professionals and we are coming to Birmingham to search for exceptional individuals to join us. “

As well as an impressive training record, new captains will need to have a passion for delivering top class customer service, according to the airline.

Cook added: “Our customers are at the heart of our business and it’s important that all our crew combine their flying skills with people skills and understand the importance of excellent on board service.”

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