Travel giant Flight Centre to cut 1,500 jobs after coronavirus sent demand for holidays plummeting
Flight Centre will cut up to 1,500 jobs after the demand for holidays plummeted in the wake of coronavirus.
Queensland Flight Centre staff have been receiving redundancy packages within the last few days in attempts to lower the company’s costs, The Courier Mail reported.
Around 70 per cent of the 10,000 strong workforce have been stood down due to COVID-19.
Flight Centre will cut up to 1,500 jobs after the demand for holidays plummeted in the wake of coronavirus
The jobs will reportedly be in sales and support roles.
‘Sadly, this is the case throughout the travel and tourism industries, with thousands of jobs already lost and, based on research released today by the Tourism and Transport Forum, tens of thousands of additional jobs at risk if the JobKeeper program is not extended,’ a Flight Centre spokesman said.
‘Within our business, up to 1500 sales and support roles may become redundant in Australia once we make an assessment of the remaining limited work to perform and undertake our consultation process.
‘Our hearts go out to those people who are affected.’
At the end of March, the travel company announced 6,000 staff would be made redundant globally, including 3,800 in Australia.
More to come.