JetBlue announced Monday that the airline will create 5,000 new jobs in the Big Apple – which Mayor Eric Adams billed as one of the necessary elements to restart the city’s tourism industry as it recovers from the pandemic.
“You are the ambassadors for New York City to support our economic recovery. We have a tourism industry that is … $72 billion — 400,000 people are employed in that industry,” Adams said during a JetBlue hiring event at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
“When we’re doing something wrong, when someone doesn’t have a good interaction with you at a JetBlue counter or on the plane. Then people don’t want to go back to our city.”
Adams has vowed to get Gotham’s economy back on track and recently launched a COVID recovery plan aimed at rebuilding businesses and attracting tourists to visit the city.
“This is not just a moment of employment, but a moment when we finally get our economy back on track so we can flip our city and show the country how resilient we are,” he added.
The airline plans to recruit for a wide range of positions — flight crew, ground operations and information technology — by 2022. Headquartered in Long Island City, the airline already employs 8,000 people in the city.
JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes said the move comes as the airline plans to increase its daily flight schedule this summer – from 200 to 300 flights a day.
It’s also another positive development for the Big Apple’s home airport, as The Post reported last year that JetBlue has expanded jobs after flirting with the idea of moving the majority of its operations to Florida.
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