What does it cost to apply to be Cabin Crew?

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the application process, or to be excited about the money you can make once you’ve landed a job in the skies. But what will it cost you to get there?

There’s no straightforward answer to this as each airline will vary but we’ve rounded up some of the potential costs to give you a rough idea of what to expect.

General appearance

With fierce competition at Assessment Days, you’ll be expected to be extremely well-presented at this stage of application. You may have to think about forking out for a smart outfit, and pay attention to your personal grooming. This has the potential to add up.

Certain airlines (usually those based in the Middle East such as Emirates) also require you to have professional photographs; remember to factor in the cost of these when totting up how much your application is likely to cost.

Travel and accommodation

Unless you live in a major city, you will likely need to travel in order to attend an Assessment Day.

It’s rare for airlines to cover any travel or accommodation costs you might incur. Food and drink expenses also won’t be covered. This is regardless of whether or not you are successful at the Assessment Day.


Once you’ve secured a job offer, it’s time to think about uniform. You’ll look classy and iconic in your Cabin Crew get-up, but beware of hidden costs.

Many airlines such as Lufthansa do actually issue their staff uniforms for free. You may be required to purchase shoes separately, adhering to company policy, although your airline may contribute.

Meanwhile, British Airways will kit you out in designer gear at no personal cost, and Etihad and Emirates even throw in complimentary dry cleaning!

Emirates crew uniform
Some of the lower cost airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet aren’t quite as generous. Ryanair provides a uniform during your first year and then allocates you an allowance going forward.

easyJet will deduct the cost of your uniform in monthly instalments until it’s paid off. For women, this is £180 and for men, £160.

Background checks

Before you can start working as Cabin Crew, there are a number of compulsory pre-employment checks, such as a criminal record check (CRC) and an EASA medical certificate that you’ll need to obtain.

The majority of UK-based airlines will require you to pay the £25 fee for a Basic Disclosure Certificate (BDC). If you’ve lived abroad for more than six months you’ll also need to pay for a Criminal Record Check overseas. The price of these globally can vary considerably and the expense will fall to you. It may also be quite a lengthy process so it’s worth doing your homework beforehand so you know what to expect.

For UK-based airlines, the cost of your medical is usually covered by the airline. European airlines tend to have slightly stricter regulations so be sure to confirm with the airline what’s required. Middle Eastern companies such as Etihad and Emirates are even more thorough with their medical checks so will likely cost you extra.

What about training costs?

The cost and length of training is variable and depends on the individual airline.

Your initial training will not usually cost you anything upfront. However, certain airlines will expect you to pay off the cost of your training over the course of your employment.

Flybe requires a £1,000 training bond which will be deducted from your salary over a timescale of one to three years. easyJet offers training free of charge, but should you leave their employment, you’ll be liable to repay them.

Some airlines allow you an allowance during the training period, which again may be deducted from your wages over a set period when you commence employment.

You may also have to pay for your own accommodation and meals during your training. For example, Flybe covers your accommodation plus breakfast but won’t compensate you for lunch or dinner.


Finally, be aware that airlines often won’t offer you a relocation package or compensation. Do your research and make sure you apply to an airline based somewhere you are willing and able to travel to at your own expense.

While it might cost you to start off on your journey to Cabin Crew, you’ll surely reap the rewards once your career has launched. You can stay on top of recruitment opportunities here!


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Our team of experts have the many years as Cabin Crew plus HR experience and are up to date with the latest selection news.

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