MANILA, 11 August 2021: AirAsia Philippines
reports that 92% of its flight operations team, including pilots and cabin
crew, have already been vaccinated against Covid-19 to support health and
safety for travellers during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
As of this week, 90% of the flight deck and
94% of the cabin crew have already taken the shot as part of the company’s
strong drive to have its entire organization vaccinated within August of 2021.
Meanwhile, 86% of the ground staff have also been vaccinated. This is a significant development considering that, aside from the flight crew, ground staff (check-in counters and baggage handlers) directly interact with guests.
The significant increase in the number of
inoculated staff is the result of AirAsia Philippines’ ‘Take the Shot’ internal
campaign, which strongly encourages employees to take their Covid-19 vaccines
whenever possible, regardless of the brand.
The campaign was also extended to the
airline’s guests through a series of promotions such as the offering of a free
‘hot seat’ upgrade until 31 August 2021 and the distribution of always REDy
Care kits to fully vaccinated passengers.
A recent survey conducted by AirAsia
Philippines revealed that over 90% of its guests feel confident to fly with a
fully vaccinated crew.
AirAsia Philippines Spokesperson Steve
Dailisan said, “The efforts on ensuring that everyone in our team gets
vaccinated stems from AirAsia’s core values of putting people first. We hope
our guests feel valued because we are putting a premium to their safety amid
threats of the Covid-19 Delta variant spread. However, we would still want to
remind our guests to strictly observe established health and safety protocols
as we all move forward to a better normal.”
To date, 88% of 1,457 Filipino AirAsia
staff have been vaccinated in partnership with the various local government
units. Meanwhile, the AirAsia group reports 81% of its total workforce have
been inoculated against Covid-19.