The airline easyJet has launched a recruitment drive urging people over the age of 45 to join it's cabin crews.

In the past four years, the airline has seen a 27% increase in crew ages 45 and over, and a 30% increase in crew ages 60 and over.

The new campaign is for people who are empty nesters and people looking for a new career challenge.

More than 80% of UK adults over the age of 45 said they would like a new challenge once their children had left home, according to research by the British carrier.

The results of a survey of 2000 people indicated that more than half were excited about starting a new career.

Neil Brown, 59, has followed his 29-year-old daughter, Holly Sauble, into a cabin crew career as easyJet launches a new recruitment drive encouraging parents with older children and over 50s to apply for roles with the airline.

Neil Brown, 59, has followed his 29-year-old daughter, Holly Sauble, into a cabin crew career at easyJet. Photograph: Matt Alexander/PA

Long waits at airports, flight delays, and lost luggage can be caused by problems recruiting staff after the swine flu.

During the height of the airports chaos in July, the chief executive of easyJet was critical of the government's refusal to allow more visas for EU cabin crew and ground-handling staff.

Britain's exit from the EU has hurt recruitment for the airline industry and been a disaster for the free movement of labour, according to the boss of another firm.

Charlie Cornish, the chief executive of MAG, which owns Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands airports, said there was "no doubt" that the UK economy had been damaged by the decision to leave the European Union.

The end of free movement for EU citizens, who lost the automatic right to work in the UK, is one of the reasons why UK firms are having a hard time finding employees.

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After Halfords launched a recruitment drive for 1,000 new technician roles, easyJet started a cabin crew drive. The number of women in technician posts should be increased.

In August, the chair of John Lewis Partnership, Dame Sharon White, said there was not a business in the UK that wasn't finding it hard to recruit.

She said that the number of people in work has gone down. Some think of it as a great departure. The majority of the people are in their 50s.

Micheal Brown, the director of cabin services for easyJet, said: "Our people are at the heart of everything we do, and it's the warm welcome and fantastic customer service that our cabin crew are famous for."