By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
Close to 300 Cathay Pacific flight attendants face uncertainty as the airline will be closing three of its U.S. cabin crew bases in order to preserve cash as the air travel market remains on an all-time low which is close to "halted" due to the global Coronavirus pandemic. Bases to be affected are Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.
In a report from FlightGlobal, "Cathay Pacific adds that it is 'communicating with our people and the union'. The airline said today that it was 'impossible to predict' when passenger demand would recover from the coronavirus crisis. It expects to carry fewer than 1,000 passengers a day in April, compared with a more normal 100,000 a day."
Due to the CoviD-19 outbreak which has resulted to airlines downsizing, many flight attendants have already lost their jobs. Just last month, hundreds of Oman Air flight attendants were laid-off. Just yesterday, Air New Zealand has confirmed that it is removing close to 1,000 cabin crew flying mid to long haul flights. In the Philippines, Cebu Pacific has laid-off more than 150 probationary cabin crew last March.