Vistara plans to significantly increase its staff strength to a total of 5,000 employees by the end of this year as the full service carrier focuses on increasing capacity utilisation, expanding fleet and further improving overall services. Currently, the airline has around 4,000 people.

After being severely affected by the pandemic, including the third wave that negatively impacted air traffic which was on the recovery path late last year, the airline industry is again seeing an improvement in traffic numbers.

Vistara CEO Vinod Kannan, last week, admitted that the airline was not living up to customers’ expectations and assured that steps are being taken to address the “gaps on a war footing”.

The airline, which currently has 50 planes, aims to have 70 planes by the end of 2023 after taking into account some aircraft that will be returned to lessors.

Vistara, a joint venture between Tata and Singapore Airlines, started hiring for operational roles sometime in October last year before the third coronavirus wave. The airline has restored some of its onboard services to pre-pandemic standards, including restarting non-vegetarian meals in Economy Class on all domestic flights.