AirAsia Philippines commits to investment and jobs growth

AirAsia Philippines ground crew pose with CEO in front of aircraft.
Photo Credit: AirAsia Philippines

Capital A’s Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, is committed to generating more employment opportunities for the Filipino population as part of AirAsia Philippines’ short and long-term strategies.

Expressing his enthusiasm, Mr. Fernandes stated, “I am thrilled to increase our investments in the Philippines.”

“We are launching an exceptional logistics venture called Teleport Philippines, which we believe will greatly benefit e-commerce providers by enabling them to expand their product reach across the country.”

Capital A CEO Tony Fernandes with aircraft engineers from AirAsia Philippines.
Capital A CEO Tony Fernandes with aircraft engineers from AirAsia Philippines at NAIA Terminal 4. Photo: AirAsia Philippines

Establishment of Philippines engineering company

Furthermore, he revealed the airline’s intention to establish an engineering company in the Philippines, in addition to Lufthansa Technik‘s existing presence.

Mr. Fernandes expressed his admiration for Asia Digital Engineering (ADE), an exceptional engineering firm affiliated with Capital A. ADE specializes in offering comprehensive maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for the group’s commercial aircraft.


To ensure a robust recovery from the pandemic, the airline, which consistently garners accolades from various consumer ratings organizations, has outlined significant changes for its Philippine operations.

Domestic and international network expansion

Alongside an increased focus on facilitating local e-commerce and establishing engineering facilities, AirAsia also intends to expand its Philippine fleet to support both domestic and international route expansions.

“Currently, there is a pent-up demand for air travel in the leisure, migrant workforce, and SME travel segments. 80% of AirAsia’s South-East Asia traffic consists of shorter trips and affordable travel. Therefore, we aim to enhance connectivity between the Philippines and other ASEAN destinations,” added Mr. Fernandes.

To drive these major developments, recruitment will be given high priority in the coming months, with Mr. Fernandes planning to hire an additional 1,000 employees over the next three years to support AirAsia Philippines’ expansion.

This expansion will be in addition to the 6,000 jobs expected to be created through the introduction of Capital A’s ride-hailing business in the Philippines.

Commitment to growth

“My immediate priorities were to survive, bring back our staff, and recruit more talented individuals. Our most valuable asset is our people. Filipinos are intelligent, diligent, and possess exceptional personalities.”

“Therefore, we are committed to the growth of all four divisions of Capital A in the Philippines,” he emphasized.

Recently, the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline initiated its cabin crew recruitment process. Another round of recruitment for cabin crew members will take place on June 26, 2023, to meet the additional staffing requirements for the third quarter of the year.

About AirAsia Philippines

AirAsia Philippines is a low-cost airline based in the Philippines. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of AirAsia Berhad, the largest low-cost carrier in Asia.

The airline currently operates flights to over 40 destinations throughout the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Operating on a low-cost model, the carrier has been praised for its low fares and also for its commitment to customer service.

The airline has won numerous awards, including the Skytrax World Airline Award for Best Low-Cost Airline in Asia Pacific in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

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