AirAsia Bhd, a low-cost airline that is struggling to survive the COVID-19 crisis, could once again lay off some hundred workers.
A source, which today has access to the information provided at a townhall session by the CEO (Chief Executive), Riad Asmat, said no information was announced but the information will be provided within 72 hours to the affected personnel.
“We are facing a very tough time. (In) the current state, we are unable to sustain the way we are. (It is) very challenging…not easy. (We are) trying to sustain the business (while at the same time) trying to sustain everyone.
“We are doing our best to survive to maintain as many of you (as possible) with the aircraft we utilize…We are very careful of the details (in making the decision) today. Unfortunately, (we've decided) to let go of some of you,” Riad was quoted as saying by the source, who requested anonymity.
The source states that the management team in AirAsia will provide appropriate help to the employees concerned, including medical benefit, the redemption of the coupon until year-end, and counseling.
Citing Riad, the source said retrenched staff would be rehired once the airline group had weathered this storm successfully.
“For those affected, I am sorry. You have to stay strong. We will support you in any manner and get you through this. It is not something I take pride in, but as CEO of the company, I take full responsibility and accountability.
“We tried our best. The company needs to survive….It’s all about survivability now,” Riad was quoted as saying, indicating that the downsizing would be completed by end of this month.
Riad said the group had reached the government but received no input from the airline, according to the source.
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