An Air Canada aircraft is unloaded at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Enfield, N.S. on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Air Canada says it will hire more than 900 employees over the next year to meet its planned workforce requirements, and an additional 200 at its low-cost carrier.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
MONTREAL - Air Canada says it will hire more than 900 employees over the next year to meet its planned workforce requirements, and an additional 200 at its low-cost carrier.
The airline says the jobs are part of its strategy to "seize new commercial opportunities, enhance customer service and renew our workforce."
Air Canada says it will hire approximately 400 flight attendants and some 500 airport customer service agents and baggage handlers.
Sixty customer service agents will be hired for call centres in Montreal and Toronto.
"This recruitment program is consistent with our focus on controlling costs to become more competitive in our various markets," said president and CEO Calin Rovinescu.
"At a time when youth unemployment is nearly 15 per cent in Canada, we are pleased to offer exciting career opportunities that will especially appeal to young people."
The company cited attrition as the main driver behind the hiring of customer service agents and flight attendants.
In addition to the hires at the main airline, the company says it will hire approximately 150 flight attendants and 50 pilots for its low-cost airline — which is slated to launch in 2013.
Air Canada says information on the job postings can be found aircanada.com/careers, adding applications can be filled out online.
The airline currently employees some 27,000 people across Canada and the world.