United Airlines plans to hire 50,000 workers by the end of 2025: report

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United Airlines Holdings (UAL) plans to hire 50,000 workers from 2022 through 2025 as the carrier expands internationally, according to a report by Bloomerg.

Citing a call with media on May 3, 2023, the report said that the airline shared that it aims to employ 15,000 workers by the end of 2023, after hiring the same number in 2022.

The Chicago-based airline said it plans to add pilots and mechanics, along with tech employees who have been let go from companies like Google and Amazon as part of an industry-wide downsizing drive that began in 2022.

When travel collapsed during the pandemic, thousands of airline workers left the industry or took early retirement.

In June 2022, United announced the expansion of its Denver flight training center as it seeks to hire an additional 10,000 pilots by 2030.

United human resources chief Kate Gebo also told Bloomberg that pilots are the top priority and the airline is set to add about 2,300 this year, equal to the total of 2022. The carrier also wants to hire more than 4,000 flight attendants in 2023. 

Next in demand are maintenance and tech crew, with United saying that it plans to add 7,000 aircraft mechanics and other technicians by 2026.

The airline recently announced a major expansion to its network with new routes to Brisbane Airport (BNE), Melbourne Airport (MEL) and Auckland Airport (AKL) from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco Airport (SFO).

When those routes begin by 2023, United Airlines will operate more flights between the United States, Australia and New Zealand than other US carriers’ routes combined.

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