airBaltic plans to hire 500 employees this year

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Latvian national airline airBaltic plans to recruit 500 employees this year and thus exceed the mark of 2,000 employees, said Martins Gauss, executive director of airBaltic, in an interview on Latvian Television January 25.

The company currently employs a total of 1,558 employees, 559 of whom were recruited last year. This year, the company plans to hire another 500 employees.

This year the airline's fleet will also grow – 40 Airbus airplanes will fly from Latvia to other destinations. Therefore, additional staff will be needed. airBaltic plans to recruit previous employees who were made redundant in the Covid crisis.

Asked about the impact of Covid-19, Gauss said that more staff were also ill at airBaltic but that this has not led to the cancellation of flights. According to Gauss, the airline's employees are 100% vaccinated.

He expressed hope that in the coming weeks the airline would be able to return to normal operation. 

As regards profits, the company has not yet returned to the desired situation, Gauss said, explaining that the airline has not yet been able to work fully. The company could return to making profits in 2023.

“We want to return to profits and then we will be willing to list the company on stock exchanges, both in Riga and in other countries. It will take 12 months to prepare, we will need to hire advisers who will prepare us for the stock exchange," Gauss said.

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