MANILA – The low-cost company Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced on Saturday that it would rehire its dismissed cabin crew.
The carrier had to lay off around 1,300 employees last year as the airline industry was one of the hardest hit by the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
CEB spokeswoman Carmina Romero said that although she could not give the exact number of crews among the 1,300, the airline will give priority to those who have been made redundant.
âThe cabin crew first for this. The hiring started yesterday, âshe told the Philippine news agency.
Their rehiring comes as the country eases travel restrictions to more destinations and the CEB prepares for growth and recovery.
In a statement, CEB Vice President for People and Administration Felix Lopez acknowledged the country’s response to Covid-19, which he said paved the way for a “greater recovery” in the travel and aviation sectors.
âThis in turn has led to an increase in travel demand and opened up opportunities for us to hire additional cabin crew to support CEB’s growth and recovery,â he said.
The carrier also announced that 100% of its flight crew had been vaccinated against Covid-19.
Meanwhile, Romero said CEB will fly to Bacolod from Manila with fully vaccinated passengers every Tuesday and Thursday. This decision supports the vaccination campaign of the local government of Negros Occidental.
From twice a week, CEB will increase the frequency of Bacolod flights to nine times a week starting November 15th. Flights reserved exclusively for fully vaccinated persons are every Tuesday and Thursday, from November 16, 2021 to January 15, 2022.