MANILA—AirAsia will reactivate flight and ground crew furloughed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, its spokesperson said Thursday.
"’Yung lahat ng mga employees natin who underwent hibernation ay i-activate na natin ngayong December para maging katuwang natin sa pagseserbisyo," Steve Dailisan said on TeleRadyo.
"So mahigit 400 ’yun. Unti-unti nating ibabablik. Fifteen percent o nasa mga 80 na cabin crew, piloto, at ilang ground staff natin ’yung magsisimula na ulit sa kanilang training ngayong December. At unti-unti pang madadagdagan ’yung bilang na ’yan sa darating na January."
"Effective January, lahat nu’ng naka-hibernate na employees ay babalik na," he said.
(There are more than 400 of them. They will slowly be brought back in. Fifteen percent or around 80 cabin crew, pilots and ground staff will start their training this December. And the number will gradually be increased in January. Effective January, all employees who went on hibernation will be back already.)
Budget carrier Cebu Pacific also announced that it has started rehiring staff who lost their jobs during the pandemic.
“Parte rin ’yan ng paghahanda namin. Two weeks ago, nag-announce pa kami, nag-release na kami ng press statement na nag-reopen na kami ng hiring. At ang una naming sinabihan dito ay ’yung mga dating kasamahan sa Cebu Pacific, particularly ’yung mga cabin crew," airline spokesperson Carmina Reyes Romero said.
(It's part of our preparation. Two weeks ago, we announced through a press release that we've reopened for hiring. The first to know about this were our former Cebu Pacific colleagues, particularly the cabin crew.)
About a third of employees of the airline industry left their jobs amid the pandemic, an industry group previously said.
AirAsia will also double flights to several destinations such as in Caticlan, Dailisan told ABS-CBN TeleRadyo's Sakto.
International flights to Singapore will also resume, he said.
“Naramdaman natin ang pagdami ng pasahero... Mas napupuno na ang ating eroplano at mas marami na rin ang nangangailangan ng lipad.”
(We can already see an increase in passengers and more people need to fly.)
Philippine Airlines spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said both of their domestic and international flights have increased.
PAL now operates at least 120 flight legs per day compared to about 300 before the pandemic.
There is definitely a “passenger build-up,” Villaluna said.
Cebu Pacific also increased flight frequencies especially for famous destinations such as Boracay.
The airline has seen a 300 percent increase in booking last November, Romero said.
She said local airlines are urging the government to raise the arrival cap and standardize vaccination cards to ease travel in the country.