LANSING – Greater Lansing transportation agencies are hoping their efforts to fill job openings will take off as the pandemic wanes.
The Capital Region Airport Authority is holding a job fair Wednesday and Thursday to fill open positions at the airport and with its partner organizations. Dean Transportation launched an online hiring event Tuesday aiming to fill 200 openings statewide.
“As we come rolling out the pandemic, there’s a lot of opportunities in the transportation field,” said Nicole Noll-Williams, the airport authority’s president and CEO.
Airlines, bus services and car rental companies are struggling to find employees. The job fair is designed to get people connected with those employers quickly, she said.
Airport, partners filling more than 40 positions
The airport authority’s job fair runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 17. Companies will set up in the airport’s community room, near the baggage claim area.
No pre-registration is needed and parking is free for applicants, according to airport authority.
The companies looking to fill positions are UPS, Unifi Service, Avflight, Clean Team, the Capital Area Transportation Authority and Capital Region Airport Authority.
Employers are looking to hire 40 people during the event, Noll-Williams said. Interviews will be done on site with the goal to make hires as quickly as possible, she said.
Many of the jobs are entry-level positions but there are ways to move up in the companies, Noll-Williams said. The airport did not have salary ranges for the positions available.
Masks are still required in the airport terminal so job seekers should have one available, Noll-Williams said.
“As we continue to increase the amount of passenger service available, we need to provide support to our partners so they have the level of staff they need,” Noll-Williams said. “If we can provide that by hosting a job fair, that’s our goal.”
The need for employees comes as more people are traveling and airlines are increasing passenger capacity at the Lansing airport, Noll-Williams said. American Airlines has larger planes on the Chicago route, Delta increased the number of daily flights to Detroit and Apple Vacations already announced its slate of flights for 2022.
“We continue to see growth returning with passenger service,” she said.
Dean Transportation seeks to fill 200 vacancies statewide
Dean Transportation on Tuesday launched a hiring event to fill more than 200 positions across Michigan. People can visit the offices in Charlotte, Lansing and St. Johns from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“As school leaders across the state gear up for more robust summer and fall school programming, Dean is preparing to meet the increased demand for safe, reliable and efficient school transportation services,” Dean Transportation President and CEO Kellie Dean said in a press release.
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