A Qantas plane landing at Sydney Domestic Airport. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gaye GerardSource:News Corp Australia
Australia’s national carrier has announced about 2500 Qantas and Jetstar employees will be stood down for two months due to ongoing Covid-19 outbreaks.
In a statement issued on Tuesday morning, Qantas said the stand down was a temporary measure to deal with the significant drop in flying caused by the greater Sydney lockdown and the knock-on border closures in all other states and territories.
The airline said no job losses were expected.
The stand down will impact domestic pilots, cabin crew and airport workers mostly in NSW, but also in other states “given the nature of airline networks”.
Qantas said affected employees would be given two weeks notice before the stand down takes effect, with pay continuing until mid-August.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said it was a difficult decision to trigger stand downs but it reflected the reality confronting many businesses operating in NSW.
“This is clearly the last thing we want to do, but we’re now faced with an extended period of reduced flying and that means no work for a number of our people,” he said.
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