CNA – The aviation sector can look forward to “better wages and better work prospects” in the next one to two years as it recovers after the easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Secretary-General Ng Chee Meng said.
Speaking on the sidelines of a May Day event to recognise aviation workers for supporting the recovery of Singapore’s air hub, Ng acknowledged that the sector has gone through a “tumultuous two years”.
He also said aviation workers are now facing a “happy problem” amid the recovery, as they are “somewhat stretched and overworked” due to a labour shortage.
“I understand that there’s a shortage of labour at the moment, but in three, six months’ time when we welcome the return of workers, I think we will have better opportunities for better businesses,” he added.
“And I think the aviation outlook will be much brighter. You can look forward to better wages and better work prospects, hopefully within the next 12 to 24 months.”
Changi Airport’s passenger volume rose by nearly 40 per cent in end-April after Singapore reopened its borders to all vaccinated travellers at the beginning of the month.
This puts Singapore on track with its target to restore passenger volumes at Changi Airport to at least 50 per cent of its pre-pandemic levels by this year.