COVID-19: Qantas warns staff of possible stand-downs. Rex suspends 737 flights
Alan Joyce, Qantas Group CEO has emailed all staff, warning that the lock-downs in three states have slashed domestic travel by 40% compared to pre-pandemic rates. This is no surprise given that Australia’s two largest states (New South Wales & Victoria), and a smaller state (South Australia) are in lockdown, with a total of about 14 million people or over half Australia’s population in stay-at-home mode.
If the lockdowns end as scheduled, then he is not seeing too much of a problem, as ‘demand rebounds quickly’. However, if lock-downs are extended, the future is not so bright for Qantas employees. They may face stand-downs, without the comfort of the federal governments previous ‘JobKeeper’ allowance.
REX – suspends all domestic 737 flight between state capital cities
New domestic competitor REX has suspended all its inter capital city flights using B737-800 until the end of lockdowns. It has also reduced the frequency of some of its regional routes.