Australian hose Qantas announced Tuesday it volition furlough 2,500 workers arsenic coronavirus outbreaks and determination lockdowns pummel request for flights.
Pilots, cabin crew and airdrome workers from Qantas and its low-cost affiliate Jetstar volition beryllium sent location without wage from mid-August for an estimated 2 months, the steadfast said.
"This is intelligibly the past happening we privation to do, but we're present faced with an extended play of reduced flying and that means nary enactment for a fig of our people," CEO Alan Joyce said successful a statement.
Qantas said the hose had gone from operating astir 100 percent of its accustomed home flying capableness successful May to little than 40 percent successful July owed to coronavirus restrictions.
Most of the affected unit are based successful New South Wales, a authorities that is mostly chopped disconnected from the remainder of the state and the satellite by travel restrictions.
A lockdown successful the country's largest city, Sydney, is present successful its sixth week and is apt to past for astatine slightest different month.
Qantas and Jetstar person already stood down thousands of planetary aerial unit since aboriginal 2020, with Australia's borders remaining closed to astir overseas travellers.
The country's third-biggest city, Brisbane, is presently nether stay-at-home orders portion different states person lone precocious emerged from lockdowns.
Qantas said unit volition beryllium paid for 2 weeks earlier the alteration comes into effect.
"Based connected existent lawsuit numbers, it's tenable to presume that Sydney's borders volition beryllium closed for astatine slightest different 2 months," Joyce said.
"We cognize it volition instrumentality a fewer weeks erstwhile the outbreak is nether power earlier different states unfastened to New South Wales and mean question tin resume."
Qantas, which antecedently said it had seen an Aus$11 cardinal (US$8.1 billion) plunge successful gross during 2020, embarked connected a cost-cutting blitz past twelvemonth that included grounding planes and restructuring.
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