TOKYO, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Japan Airlines Co. (JAL) said Thursday it will slash the hiring of new graduates in fiscal year 2022-23 by 90 percent on the basis of the number that joined JAL group companies last spring.
The company said it will hire only 200 new graduates and give up the recruitment of cabin attendants for its main carrier Japan Airlines in fiscal 2022-23 starting in April next year.
The decisions were made as the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to continue adding pressure on travel demand.
JAL has slashed its international flights by around 80 percent. The company said in a statement that it remains difficult to predict when the pandemic will end.
However, the group said it will continue with employment of candidates for pilots and people with disabilities.
The JAL group hired 2,315 new graduates in fiscal 2020-21 and was planning to employ about 1,700 in fiscal 2021-22.
It suspended recruitment activities in the middle of 2020 in the wake of the pandemic and decided to hire only 200 new graduates in the business year of 2021-22.
Another Japanese airline ANA Holdings Inc., a parent company of All Nippon Airways Co., will also likely hire only 200 new graduates in fiscal 2022-23, compared to a usual number of around 3,000 new employees each year.