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AirAsia to bring engineering company, more jobs to the Philippines

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Capital A Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said the Philippines is a key destination for AirAsia’s further expansion in Asean and beyond, outlining growth expectations for AirAsia Philippines and creating more jobs for Filipinos.

According to Fernandes, AirAsia Philippines continues to increase its manpower to support its growing business demand, saying at least 318 new employees were added to its roster for the first five months of the year with more to be added as the airline mounts a two-day cabin crew recruitment day on June 8 to 9, 2023.

“As the head of Capital A, AirAsia Philippines’ parent-company, Fernandes laid out plans in a Town Hall meeting with Filipino Allstars to sustain the growth trajectory for AirAsia Philippines which include re-fleeting and strengthening of hubs to support service improvements amid rising demand for travel across APAC,” said deputy spokesman Carlo Carongoy.

On how Capital A plans to bolster its fleet expansions for AirAsia Aviation amid anticipated worldwide shortages in aircraft supplies, Fernandes disclosed that additional aircraft are in the pipeline, with orders of over 400 planes already booked.

“That order book starts next year with a delivery of five A321s over the next few years. As for the Philippines, it’s the combination of getting some leased and new aircraft,” Fernandes added. With its current 16 aircraft up in the air, AirAsia Philippines targets to double by 2024 and add wide-body aircraft to further grow its reach and capacity. 30,” he said.

“We’ve said for a long time we want to bring tourists to the Philippines, we were on our way, and then COVID came, so we will start again. This is an amazing country and deserves for the world to know about it,” Fernandes added.

He said that the aviation sector has really bounced back stronger and is driven towards further growth. Leisure is very strong which continues to drive high ticket sales. Looking at the spending attitude, people will spend first on travel before anything else. This will further stir travel demand stronger and stronger.

To further its growth, he said AirAsia will continue to push forward and introduce more routes for the international market whilst maintaining a world-class service backed by the current lowest fares in the market.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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