Monday, 21 January 2013

AirAsia eyes 17-20pc growth a year

Budget carrier, AirAsia Bhd, is working towards attaining 17 to 20 per cent capacity growth a year, it was announced today.

AirAsia Bhd Chief Executive Officer Aireen Omar said the projected growth target was in line with the group's regional expansion which will see 33 new aircraft being delivered this year.

"With the continued growth in this region, we hope the average number of employees will increase as well to cater to the growing demand for low-cost air travel," she told reporters after representing AirAsia in signing a partnership agreement with the Manipal International University (MIU), an entity of the Manipal Education Malaysia, for human capital development and upscaling of human talent and competencies in Malaysia.

Aireen said the collaboration would enable the group to source for stable and quality human capital.

"Across the region, we've over 10,000 workforce and with the group's expansion, we need more human capital from high technical expertise to serve as the ground service officers to meet the demand in the growing aviation sector," she said.

As an airline seeing phenomenal growth not only in Malaysia but also in the region, the need for industry-ready graduates would be tremendous for the group to fill in the voids and reinforce AirAsia's expansion plan, Aireen said.

Manipal Education Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Datuk Iskandar Mizal Mahmood said MIU was committed to produce industry-ready talents.

"We're looking at building a pipeline of potential employees for AirAsia and we will work with AirAsia in drawing up a relevant syllabus with competencies and soft skills prescribed by AirAsia's organisational culture," he said.

With total investments of over RM650 million, the first phase of the over 56-hectars campus in Nilai was open now, he said.

The MIU offers Bachelor degree programmes in engineering, business and biotechnology. The MIU was granted a university licence in 2010," he added. -- Bernama

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