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New Delhi: The civil aviation ministry has asked Air India to hire more pilots and cabin crew after it found that the national carrier is still reeling under a shortage that is resulting in delay of flights.

The recruitment process, which will begin with the carrier ascertaining the number of people required, comes shortly after Air India hired more than 900 cabin crew members and 220 pilots. The airline has a strength of 3,500 cabin crew members and 1,500 pilots.

“The civil aviation ministry has asked us to hire more to tide over the problem of availability of pilots and cabin crew for flights. The ministry asked us to carry out hiring after the operations department complained about the unavailability of crew,” said an Air India executive, who did not want to be identified.


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