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Qantas Chief executive Alan Joyce said on Thursday the airline had no choice but to make 6000 of its 29,000 workers redundant as it does not expect to fly internationally other than to New Zealand for another 12 months.
Qantas also said at least 100 aircraft will be grounded for up to a year or longer, and reduce costs by $15 billion as part of its three-year virus recovery plan.
The Australian carrier says the revenue will be much lower for several years as the global travel is at its lowest demand.
Around 15,000 employees will remain redundant until flying returns to its full capacity as the airline is flying only about 15 per cent of its pre-pandemic domestic network.
The 6000 jobs cut includes office and administration (1450 jobs), ground operations including baggage handlers (1500 jobs), cabin crew (1050), engineering (630) and pilots (220).