Malaysia's flagship budget airline AirAsia Group Bhd are looking at laying off hundreds of employees, as it sought to cope with the coronavirus pandemic, state news agency Bernama reported on Monday.
Both its Malaysian unit and long-haul arm, AirAsia X Bhd plan to cut some hundreds of staff each, Bernama reported, citing a source who attended separate town hall sessions held by both units on Monday.
AirAsia did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
Affected staff will be informed within 72 hours, and AirAsia Malaysia will provide them assistance such as medical benefits and flight coupon redemptions year-end.
Meanwhile, AirAsia X will undergo a wider retrenchment exercise involving technical staff and cabin crew, on a “last in, first out” basis.
“I don’t know when we will be flying. We thought it is for the best to retrench and we hope we give certainty to the people,” Chief Executive Officer Benyamin Ismail said.
Salaries will be reviewed, and some staff would be offered unpaid leave, likely for a six-month period or until the situation improved, Bernama reported.
AirAsia Malaysia’s layoffs would be completed by the end of this month, while affected AirAsia X staff will be leaving end of October.