By: Miguel R. Camus
Cebu Pacific, the country’s biggest budget airline, is implementing a second wave of job cuts as it fights to survive the new coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe.
An Inquirer source said the layoffs and voluntary separation could affect about 30 percent of the carrier’s 4,000 employees and would be implemented by early next month.
A Cebu Pacific spokesperson has confirmed the job cuts but said details had yet to be finalized.
“The rightsizing of Cebu Pacific will be necessary to fulfill our commitment to provide affordable, accessible, and available air travel and air transport services to every Juan in the years to come,” Charo Logarta Lagamon, Cebu Pacific director for communications, said in a statement to the Inquirer on Tuesday.
The company laid off an initial batch of 190 newly hired cabin crew members in March.
Flight attendants, pilots
The latest reductions will be across the board and include cabin crew, like flight attendants and pilots, the source said.
Employees were told the manpower reduction would ensure the revival of Cebu Pacific, a pioneering budget carrier launched by the Gokongwei family in 1996 with a fleet of four McDonnell Douglas DC-9s.
Today, Cebu Pacific is the country’s biggest airline by domestic market share. It has 76 planes and was poised to serve its 200 millionth customer in 2020.
The full report in today issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer