By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation drags on, airlines, particularly the local airlines, are more cautious in conducting cabin crew hiring activities and events. As there is presently a slowdown in demand for air travel particularly for international travel, airlines are carrying measures to manage costs while ensuring viability in order to sustain operations.
Amidst the government-imposed travel restrictions to mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and now South Korea that is causing huge capacity cuts and lower utilization of the aircraft and the crew, airlines are finding ways and means to fully utilize their assets despite the slowdown in air travel.
As such COVID-19 situation drags along with no certainty as to when this will end, airlines are now more cautious in staging cabin crew hiring events and activities in order to prevent an 'over supply" of cabin crew.
For now, Cebu Pacific have placed its cabin crew recruitment on hold as they are fully utilizing their present roster of cabin crew. As for Philippine Airlines, while there is no official announcement of any suspension of cabin crew recruitment, we can only conclude that the airline is taking precautionary measures in hiring more cabin crew to prevent an oversupply. While the airline is able to increase its domestic network and is looking to add more international destinations, it seems like their present number of cabin crew is more than enough given the suspension in some destinations and decrease in capacity.
Some airlines though have ongoing initial cabin crew training class that have began even before the travel restrictions have taken place.
So on top of the decrease in flights, do also expect a slump on cabin crew hiring activities and events until such time that the COVID-19 epidemic is placed under control and demand for air travel returns back to a growing rate. There is a huge possibility that airlines will continue to hire more cabin crew once the number of COVID-19 decreases and government travel restrictions are lifted.