Hong Kong Airlines aims to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2024
Pay increase for all employees effective January 1, 2023.
HONG KONG – With the rapid recovery of air travel demand in sight, Hong Kong Airlines is looking for 1,000 new talents to join its workforce by the end of 2023 to meet operational needs and future growth.
In another positive development, Hong Kong Airlines announced salary increases for flight crews and ground staff. This will include an 8% base salary increase and up to 10% of the hourly flight rate for crew members, while all ground staff will receive a 5% base salary increase plus a variable incentive. quarterly discretionary rate of 5% effective January 1. 2023. The distribution of this quarterly variable incentive is based on Company performance and individual performance as achieved within certain performance standards defined in the assessment. Staff will be notified individually for further details.
Chairman of Hong Kong Airlines Mr. Hou Wei expressed sincere gratitude to the staff, noting that the adjustment is an acknowledgment of the dedication of everyone who has supported the company’s journey to weather the storm. He said: “Our staff have continued to embody the spirit of ‘Truly Hong Kong’, staying vigilant, while providing the best possible services to society and our customers throughout the pandemic.”
The Hong Kong-based carrier plans to increase flight operations to 30 sectors per day by January 2023, reaching 30% of those at pre-pandemic levels; flights to 15 regional destinations, including Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa, Sapporo, Seoul, Bangkok, Manila, Hanoi, Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Chengdu and Haikou, representing 50% of the operating level before the pandemic. The Company also plans to return to 75% of its operational capacity by the end of 2023 and to 100% of its operations by mid-2024.
To further support the resumption of its flights in 2023, the company recently reactivated staff previously on long-term leave to their posts. It will also resume its recruitment program with the goal of hiring 1,000 new employees by the end of 2023. This will include 120 pilots, 500 cabin crew and 380 ground staff who will be hired at the end of 2023. both locally and abroad, bringing the total workforce down to 60% to 70% of pre-pandemic levels.
“We have exploited every opportunity for travel recovery over the past few months amid unprecedented pent-up demand, and we continue to see positive business growth, particularly in Japanese markets. Following the reopening of Chinese borders, Mainland China is sure to be the next market to make a significant contribution to our travel recovery efforts, so our flights to the mainland are doubling to 35 sectors per week from January 10, to provide more travel options. to our customers, Hou added.
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