TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - AirAsia Group Bhd announced that it will be forced to layoff hundreds of its workers as the company deems this the only way to survive the COVID-19 pandemic that has hit hard on the commercial aviation sector along with other industries.
However, AirAsia Bhd CEO Riad Asmat promised the laid off workers that they would be offered to work for the company again after the pandemic ends. Employees that are currently still employed will not face wage cuts.
The air carrier has reported its situation to the Malaysian government but has reportedly not had a response. AirAsia’s chief executive officer Benyamin Ismail said to Bisnis.com that the best choice that can currently be implemented is by skimming down on costs but maintaining the business that serves the public.
Malaysia Bernama recently reported that the AirAsia X Bhd and its long-haul business unit in Malaysia will lay off some of its workers based on information from an insider on Monday, September 28. Reports suggest the laid-off workers are notified 72 hours before and will receive assistance from the firm in the form of health benefits while others will be offered options to take unpaid leaves.