By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
The Novel Coronavirus outbreak situation affecting the world particularly China does not show any signs of slowing down yet. To stop the spread, countries and airlines have established travel restrictions to and from China. Cathay Pacific alone had to ask 27,000 of its employees to take unpaid leaves. This is an example of how the demand of air travel has dropped significantly due to the outbreak.
With the number of cancelled flights to China which has the highest tourist traffic among Asia-Pacific countries, airlines are already feeling the brunt. Travel within the region is expected to go down as travellers fear the outbreak which results to under utilized aircraft and minimal flights, especially within Asia.
According to one of our sources from the local airline, the flying hours of cabin crew are expected to decrease due to the drop of capacity for international flights. As such, it is expected that the demand for cabin crew will go down compared to 2019.
The slow down in demand is brought by the decrease in capacity and frequency of flights. At this moment, airlines are already finding ways and means to manage costs and loses brought about by the Coronavirus situation greatly affecting the airline industry. As such, for as long as the nCoV situation is not addressed and travel restrictions are at place, expect airlines not to hire cabin crew as much as the previous years.
Airlines may start hiring more cabin crew once again once the nCoV situation has come under control, travel restrictions have been lifted, and travellers have regained confidence on going to other places.