By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
More than 150 probationary Cebu Pacific flight attendants ended their employment as the airline terminated their contracts today, scaling down and suspending flight operations brought by travel restrictions in Metro Manila and key provinces in the country amid the COVID-19 epidemic.
Based on a report by CNN, the airline had to cancel flights to mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau since early February after the Philippine government issued travel bans to these areas hard hit by the disease known as COVID-19.
Based on a statement, Cebu Pacific said, "As we foresee less flights and reduced operations in the coming months, we will have less requirement for flying staff. Given this situation, it is a difficult decision but we are letting go of our newly hired cabin crew because less flights mean less time and opportunity for them to gain inflight experience. It is painful, but necessary action to take to cope with the impact of COVID-19," also adding that the affected cabin crew members would let go on March 19.
The budget carrier provided a separation package for these displaced employees which includes a separation pay equivalent to two months’ salary, two free roundtrip tickets, a return ticket to their home province or city, and a waiver of charges for training bond, uniforms, and accessories.
The airline also promised to “fast-track” the selection of any of the affected employees should the airline start hiring flight attendants again.
Note: Flyhigh Manila would like to issue out an apology for our earlier report regarding this issue. The airline did not "retrench" the said cabin crew, as stated earlier. We apologize to all who were misinformed for the use of the term "retrench".