As air travel is getting back to a new normal, AirAsia Philippines has started implementing vaccination of its flight crew to further ensure the safety of travel among its guests.
More AirAsia Philippines flights now operate with fully vaccinated flight crew. Currently, the airline has recorded a majority of 60% among its 1,500 Filipino Allstars employees who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
AirAsia targets to fully vaccinate against COVID-19 all employees who directly interact with guests such as pilots, cabin crew, ground staff and ramp agents by August or Q4.
“Our target is to have all Filipino Allstars inoculated by Q4 of 2021 as we prepare for the strong rebound of air travel in the Philippines,” said AirAsia Philippines spokesperson Steve Dailisan.
“The big step towards achieving a fully vaccinated airline company is through the help and support of the National Government and Local Government Units which have prioritized those under A4 or essential workers,” he added.
“We hope this becomes an added value of protection to our guests as more and more members of the flight crew get inoculated. As a frontliner, I feel more confident flying our guests to our various destinations, and I have peace of mind whenever I come home to my family because now, I am protected against the severe effects of COVID-19,” said Capt. Nielfren Baldo Pilot-In-Command of AirAsia Philippines flight Z2 775 Manila-Cebu.
Senior cabin crew Tonilee Pangan also shared her excitement in welcoming guests on AirAsia flight.“Safety has always been a shared responsibility. While being fully vaccinated provides added protection, there is no room for complacency. We will never get tired of reminding all our guests and even ourselves to observe the established health and safety protocols to make each flight safe and fun.”
Steve Borril, a British National and leisure traveler to Cebu said, “You feel extra safe when you know that your pilots and cabin crew are fully vaccinated. They are the people who directly interact with us, greet and serve us during our flight. Thank you AirAsia, for making safety your top priority.”
To encourage more people to take the shot, fully vaccinated passengers on AirAsia flights to and from Cebu who have presented their vaccination cards were given AlwaysREDy Care Kits and other AirAsia merchandise.
Cebu, the gateway to Central Visayas is one of AirAsia Philippines’ destinations which offers a more relaxed travel requirement.
Cebu City requires a negative RT-PCR test for leisure travelers, while other surrounding component cities like Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, and Talisay only require confirmed hotel booking upon entry.