With the support of the United States Department of State, AirAsia Foundation has organized training sessions across AirAsia hubs in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia to raise awareness on human trafficking. Three officials from Airline Ambassadors International (AAI), led by its president Nancy Rivard, Andrea Hobart, AAI’s Director of Trafficking Awareness Program, and Donna Hubbard, Flight attendant with American Airlines and also a survivor of trafficking, were in Manila last August 14 to conduct training sessions to pilots, cabin crew, ground services team, airport immigration officers and security team.
As a responsible airline, AirAsia is concerned about the situation in view of global statistics that 25% of trafficking victims originate from Asean. Human trafficking is a global security challenge which requires a global response the airline said. By linking up to a network of airlines, AirAsia intends to play its part to combat trafficking according to Mun Ching Yap, executive director of AirAsia Foundation. She is joined by AirAsia Philippines head of people department Barbara Sanchez, AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador and AirAsia Philippines Chairperson Maan Hontiveros.