Female-only recruitment will save money on fuel costs according to Indian low-cost airline GoAir.
The controversial decision to recruit only female cabin crew is down to the fact that the airline believes, on average, females are lighter than their male counterparts. The difference in weight could potentially save 30 million rupees – around £330,000 – a year.
Other weight and cost-saving plans include cutting the size of its in-flight magazine (something Ryanair did last year), and filling its water tanks to 60% capacity.
The measures are being put in place because of the performance of the Indian rupee, which dropped 27% against the US dollar in the last year.
“All major expenses — aircraft leasing, spare parts and fuel costs — are linked to the dollar. We are looking at every possible way of cost-cutting to remain profitable” said chief executive Giorgo De Roni.
The company’s 132 male flight attendants will keep their jobs but no more will be recruited, reports the Times of India.
Does the need for cuts wherever possible excuse the decision for single-gender recruitment?