October 25, 2021

Employees laid off by AirAsia PH will be rehired.

With the increased resumption of travel and use of aircraft, AirAsia Philippines’ chief executive officer Ricardo Isla declared on Friday that rehiring laid-off staff is one of the company’s top priorities.

“Our first priority is to rehire employees. We’ll likely rehire them by the second quarter of next year, as we’ll be serving more locations and using more aircraft “In a virtual news conference, he remarked.

Because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, AirAsia Philippines had to lay off 624 staff.

Isla, on the other hand, said he couldn’t say how many of them might be rehired at this time.

“We need the labor to match the planes and locations,” he said, “but (travel) constraints will still be a factor.”

According to AirAsia spokesperson Steve Dailisan, individuals who have been laid off would be given priority because they have worked for the airline for a long period.

Cabin personnel will be required, however, the number will be determined by the aircraft’s use.

Due to the loosening of travel restrictions, the airline expects a 74 percent load factor in the fourth quarter of 2021.

By December, AirAsia Philippines will begin international flights as well.

“By the second quarter of next year, almost all airlines in the Philippines expect to be back to pre-pandemic levels,” Isla added.

AirAsia Philippines’ domestic load factor increased to 73 percent in the first half of October, with Boracay, Cebu, Bohol, and Bacolod as top destinations.

This “good load factor,” according to the carrier, is an indication of a strong recovery.

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