AIRASIA Philippines yesterday announced the gradual activation of around 432 employees who were previously placed under hibernation at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The gradual activation will initially cover 15 percent of the hibernated workforce, mostly pilots and cabin crew to undergo recurrent training starting this December, AirAsia Philippines Chief Executive Officer Ricky Isla said.
The remaining 85 percent will be progressively integrated back into line during the first quarter of 2022, subject to market demand.
AirAsia said the reintegration of these employees, including pilots, cabin crew, ground staff and engineering, will enable itself to meet the growing market demand as air travel progresses with eased travel restrictions and protocols.
Covid-19 protocols have eased in all local travel destinations, allowing enhanced mobility for fully vaccinated individuals.
“What we want to assure our guests is that during the process of reintegration, there will be no shortcuts, and we will continue to uphold the highest standards of safety in all of our training and procedures,” Isla said.
Rehiring of former employees who were let go during the onset of the pandemic might come earlier than expected.
Projections based on current vaccination rates among Asean countries are speeding up.
As soon as there is steady demand for air travel, and border restrictions are lifted in the international destinations where we fly, we can start the process of rehiring as early as April, Isla added.
“We will definitely prioritize our former all-stars, and will also provide opportunities for new hires especially now that we are strengthening the offerings of the AirAsia Super App in the Philippines,” Isla said.