Alaska Air Group plans to add 3,000 jobs this year

SEATTLE (AP) — Alaska Air Group says it plans to add more than 3,000 jobs this year, with three-fourths of the positions opening in Washington state.

The Seattle Times reports the Seattle-based airline group says the new jobs will include maintenance technicians, airport operations, customer service, cargo specialists, flight attendants and pilots.

The company says most of the openings will not require previous airline experience.

A study commissioned by the airline found that employment at Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air grew by about 35 percent at the Seattle hub between 2013 and 2017.

The company says it recently hired its 10,000th employee in Washington state.

The company employed about 8,500 people in California, Oregon and Alaska in 2017, with a total nationwide workforce of 21,300.