Virgin expansion highlights airline recovery

Virgin
Atlantic has unveiled a major expansion programme which will create 1,400 jobs
at the airline.

Virgin
is to launch new routes to Australia, Cuba and the Bahamas and increase
services to some of its existing destinations. To cope with the expansion it
needs more staff and more aircraft.

The
recruitment drive will increase the airline’s workforce to just under 9,000 in
the next year and will create an extra 700 cabin crew posts along with 300 more
ground staff at Heathrow and Gatwick and 300 more head office jobs at Gatwick.

In
the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York
in 2001, the company cut 1,200 jobs, but its workforce has been growing
steadily over the past year.

By Mike Berry

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