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As Filipinos take to the streets in a nationwide protest over poor traveling conditions, an airline CEO says he hopes the protest is just a “small step” in helping the country’s economy recover.
“I think we have to start from the bottom, so we can start from scratch and rebuild the economy and create jobs and create new opportunities for everybody,” said Carlos Quezon, president of AirAsia Philippines, as he urged people to rally in Manila to help the airline recover from the economic crisis.
Quezon is speaking to reporters after a meeting with officials to discuss a series of protests over poor travel.
“We have been trying for some time to improve the conditions in the Philippines,” he said.
“For example, we have been working on making more seats available.
We have been building new facilities to handle the increase in demand.
We are working on improving air travel by the airport, so the people can get home, and they can return safely.”
AirAsia is among the Philippines government’s largest airlines, with operations stretching from the capital Manila to Bali and beyond.
Since the country was plunged into a crippling recession and the country is still grappling with a massive wave of typhoons, the airline has struggled to find profitable ways to expand its operations.
The Philippine government has asked airlines to slash flights and cut prices to help alleviate the crisis.
“The first thing we are doing is reducing the number of flights we have.
We will reduce the number, but it is not going to be a huge reduction,” Quezon said.
However, Quezon acknowledged the government’s efforts are slow.
“If you look at the airline industry, there is no one that has been able to get rid of the problem.
It is not like they are just sitting there in the office and doing nothing.
It’s a problem,” he added.
Quevel said the airline needs to make some big changes.
“But this is a small step.
We need to make the whole country work,” he warned.
The airline has been hit hard by the country, with more than half its revenue coming from the mainland United States.
The Philippines’ economy is still struggling with a ballooning debt burden of $14.6 billion, according to the latest official statistics.
More than 90 percent of the population is unemployed, and millions of Filipinos rely on the government for basic necessities.
The protests have become an increasingly frequent occurrence, as Filipinos have been increasingly vocal in their criticism of poor conditions at the airport and in other parts of the country.
A report released last week by the U.S.-based International Crisis Group said poor conditions in Manila had resulted in “a surge in suicides, an increase in the number suffering from malnutrition, and a rise in deaths.”
The group said the crisis had led to “serious concerns” for the health and welfare of the people living in poverty.
“Inadequate and often unsafe transportation infrastructure, a lack of sanitation facilities, and the use of hazardous materials in transportation, which contribute to the deaths of many of the travelers, is one of the major problems,” the report said.
In a statement to CNN Philippines, Quezzon said AirAsia had begun to make changes to improve its conditions.
“AirAsia is working with our airline partners to implement measures to improve our services to ensure the safe return of our passengers and crew, which include improving the passenger lounge facilities and adding more comfortable seating areas,” he wrote.
The CEO also said Air Asia would also be looking into ways to better address other complaints by travelers.
“Our company has received reports from travelers of a variety of issues that have been occurring during the past two months,” he continued.
Air Asia said it is currently “evaluating all the potential solutions to address the issues that are raising concerns, as well as how we can continue to be the leading provider of air travel in the world.” “
This is not a single incident but rather an ongoing problem with a long track record of causing disruption to our customers and negatively impacting our business.”
Air Asia said it is currently “evaluating all the potential solutions to address the issues that are raising concerns, as well as how we can continue to be the leading provider of air travel in the world.”
Quezon has promised to provide an update on AirAsia’s progress.
The company’s parent company, Philippine Airlines, also said in a statement that it is working to “develop solutions to improve air transportation.”
“We are committed to supporting the Philippines economy through our services and we look forward to the positive changes in the future,” the statement said.
Quezson’s comments come after a series, including a similar one earlier this month, in which Quezon urged the Philippines to open more airports to accommodate growing demand.
The first AirAsia flight to arrive in the country had a capacity of 8,000 people, but the company has since expanded the capacity to 18,000 seats.
The carrier has also said it would be willing to work with the government to provide better food and lodging to its travelers.
The latest protests have been led by the National Organization for the