New York-based airline, JetBlue, has announced that it will be adding 5,000 jobs in New York City (NYC) in 2022. JetBlue will also work with the city to create a new workforce partnership to connect more New Yorkers with high-quality jobs and to develop a strong pipeline for future careers at the airline. NYC’s Mayor, Eric Adams, joined JetBlue leaders at a hiring event at JFK Airport on 28th March to assist in filling many of these new positions.
The hiring event facilitated on-the-spot interviews and conditional hiring of diverse candidates for a variety of positions within JetBlue’s NY operations, including roles in airport operations, ground operations, technical operations, inflight, information technology and other support centre roles. JetBlue currently employs around 8,000 crewmembers based in NYC, at the airports as well as in JetBlue’s corporate headquarters at the Long Island City Support Center. The airline’s growth and hiring, as well as its low fare expansion, is due in great part to the Northeast Alliance, a partnership it has entered into with American Airlines.
“As New York’s Hometown Airline, JetBlue’s commitment goes well beyond the flights we operate here,” said Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue. “We’re thrilled to partner with Mayor Adams to support his administration’s Blueprint for New York City’s Economic Recovery by encouraging travel to New York City. We’ll do that by hiring thousands of new JetBlue crewmembers in 2022, and through our continued engagement in the community to create a strong pipeline for future JetBlue crewmembers and a more resilient workforce for New York City as a whole.”
“New York City is coming back, and we are working with our business community to invest in our people, restart our economic engines, and give New Yorkers pathways to quality jobs,” said Mayor Adams. “Not only is JetBlue one of our largest home-grown employers, but the company is creating 5,000 new jobs in our city. I look forward to working with them on a new workforce partnership that will provide more New Yorkers with career pathways and opportunities in this critical industry.”
JetBlue’s busiest ever summer travel season ever
The hiring event comes as JetBlue, thanks to its Northeast Alliance with American Airlines, is preparing and staffing for what it expects to be the busiest summer in the company’s 22-year history. With more than 500 NEA-operated flights arriving into NYC expected per day at the season’s peak and millions of customers looking to travel, this summer is poised to help tourism rebound.