By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
Asiana Airlines have asked their cabin crew to take unpaid leaves between February 15 to 29 in an effort to slash costs amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Asiana have slashed capacity by cutting flights to China, where 20% of the annual sales of the South Korean airline are from its China flights.
This comes after several Chinese carriers have placed their foreign pilots on unpaid leave and Cathay Pacific asking 27,000 of its employees to take unpaid leaves in an effort to cut mounting costs.
Asiana's cabin crew make up of 4,078 out of the airline's total work force of 10,538; or 39% as of February 1. The exact number of cabin crew that have taken unpaid leaves have not yet been revealed.
Asiana flies between its South Korean hubs at Seoul Incheon, Gimpo, Busan and Chinese cities Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Hong Kong Int'l, Taichung, Dalian, Harbin, Tianjin, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Yancheng, Guilin, Changsha Huanghua, Haikou, Chongqing, Chengdu, Xi'an Xianyang, Qingdao, Yantai Penglai Int'l, Weihai, Changchun and Yanji.