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Wizz Air Takes Cabin Crew Training ‘to the Next Level’

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Students who complete the six-week flight attendant training program at Wizz Air will receive a certificate that will help them find work at any airline operating in any EU state, the company says.

“We are delighted that we can now directly award our airline cabin crew trainees with their well-deserved certificates. In Hungary, Wizz Air is the first airline that can cover the entire training process, from instruction, through examination, to documentation,” says Zsuzsa Trubek, communications manager of Wizz Air.

“It is an honor for us, and we are confident that our training will become even more popular,” she adds.

Low-cost carrier Wizz Air, whose first flight was in May 2004, has all but become the national flag carrier since the Malév Hungarian Airlines went bankrupt in February 2012. It has now announced that it is entitled to issue flight attendant basic training certificates in Hungary to students who have completed its training.

That makes Wizz Air the first airline in the country whose training organization can issue this type of international document on behalf of the Hungarian Aviation Authority (MLH). The airline assures participants, “Those who complete the training at Wizz Air will be able to work in all EU member states with their certificate.”

Since 2021, roughly 1,500 people have completed the six-week flight attendant training each year at Wizz Air’s training center in Hungary. While women have traditionally taken the majority of flight attendant roles across the industry, Wizz says the proportion of men among its participants has increased recently: they currently make up approximately 35% of the students.

Essential Requirements

Those who complete their training with Wizz Air and would like to continue their career with the airline must meet a few essential basic requirements. Apart from obvious criteria such as participants needing to be at least 18 years of age, with a high school diploma and a clean background check, others are more specific to the role.

Participants must display a friendly and customer-oriented personality, speak and write English fluently, have no tattoos or piercings on parts of the body that are visible when wearing a uniform, must be able to swim, and must have an arm reach of at least 210 cm (6 ft. 10 inches) when standing on tiptoe. The airline also warns that those who wear glasses or contact lenses with a prescription above +4 or below -4 are “unlikely to pass the mandatory medical examination.”

According to a statement shared with the Budapest Business Journal by Wizz Air, “Flight attendants with Wizz Air are guaranteed a competitive salary, a favorable monthly schedule and many professional development opportunities, including becoming an instructor or brand ambassador, or joining the company’s ‘Cabin Crew to Captain’ program, which offers the chance to realize their dreams as a pilot.”

Other perks include “ongoing and guaranteed” flight tickets and discounts for private use, as well as for family and friends, and a promise that there are no layovers, meaning there is an “opportunity to lead a normal life in your home town.” For those interested in learning more, Wizz Air will host its the next recruitment days in Budapest on August 4 and 23 at 9 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Budapest, Lázár u. 11-13.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of July 28, 2023.

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