Being a flight attendant is the dream job of many young people in China. However, the epidemic changed everything, and flights were reduced because of the strict measures of the zero COVID policy. Therefore, the income of flight attendants has also been affected. This has caused many to quit their jobs and move on to other careers.

According to Chinese media, a report released by the Information Center of the Civil Aviation Administration shows that as of December 31, 2020, there are 102,314 certified flight attendants on National Airlines. But by December 31, 2021, the figure stands at 97,307.

As reported by NetEase, the income of flight attendants and pilots depends on flight hours. The maximum monthly flight time required by the Civil Aviation Administration is 110 hours.

Before the pandemic, a flight attendant could fly for 80-90 hours a month on average, and the monthly income was over 10,000 yuan ($1,400), higher than many other jobs.

However, many flights were cut when the outbreak broke out, and flight attendants’ income was greatly reduced. Besides, the rising material and house prices have made them think about their jobs. Many flight attendants have resigned in the past two years, many of whom have become teachers, ground or sales staff, and more.

Lris, who used to work as a flight attendant, said that she often flew internationally, with a monthly salary of more than 17,000 yuan (about $2,400). In the past two years, sometimes just more than 3,000 yuan (about $420) a month. The house she rents monthly is 3,700 yuan (nearly $520). She felt the burden of life weighing her down.

She decided to quit her job, although she had 4 years of professional experience. She chose another suitable job with a stable income: washing shoes. Many people may think that washing shoes is a dirty and tiring job for the elderly, but it is a necessary service for her. Most importantly, it helped her have a good source of income.

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