PAL Lays Off Personnel After Revenue Losses Due to COVID-19

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines announced it will lay off 300 workers due to revenue losses in the wake of the imposed travel ban in countries hit by the COVID-19 outbreak.

PAL implemented a voluntary separation offer for long-time employees and a retrenchment initiative completed on February 28, affecting 300 ground-based administrative personnel.

PAL said employees affected by the layoff will receive “appropriate separation benefits, additional trip pass privileges, and…career counseling and outplacement support.”

PAL’s announcement came as the flag carrier attempts to slow years of financial bleeding. The jobs cuts, affecting about 5 percent of its workforce, will help PAL lower costs as it entered its third consecutive year of losses in 2019. The layoffs are seen to help strengthen the company, already under great pressure during the downturn in the travel industry.

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