About 2,300 employees will be rendered jobless in March when the retrenchment program of Philippines Airlines takes effect.
The figure represents 30 percent of the flag carrier’s workforce.
The affected workers, combined voluntary separations and involuntary retrenchment, will remain employed until mid-March 2021, the airline said.
“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,” PAL president Gilbert Santa Maria said.
The retrenchment is part of the carrier’s overall recovery initiatives amid the continuing onslaught of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic on businesses including the hit-hard global aviation industry.
The current number of flights being flown by PAL is still far from what it had pre-pandemic, with operations less than 30 percent of its normal weekly flights due to travel restrictions and low travel demand.
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