Philippine Airlines have today announced that around 2,300 employees, or 30% of the workforce by mid-March. Reports of these job losses first emerged in September last year when it was thought they would take place in October, in now seems that staff were informed of the move at that time.
Philippines Airlines have previously used flexible working and furloughs to reduce costs and prevent job cuts although around 300 employees lost their jobs in March 2020 as the pandemic started to take effect. The airline has also deferred lease payments, reduced management salaries and stopped capital expenditure and non-essential expenses.
“This has been an extremely difficult and painful decision.”
“For our colleagues who are leaving, rest assured that we are committed to support you through this transition. We extend to you our deepest gratitude for your years of hard work and dedicated service, and we will always cherish the ties you have established with the PAL family.”Gilbert Santa Maria, President Philippines Airlines via Asian Aviation
The airline is still operating at less than 30% of pre-pandemic levels and plans to re-introduce international and domestic flights as demand recovers.
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