Saturday, 4 June 2011

Qantas axes 350 jobs,


A DECISION by Qantas to offer voluntary redundancies to its 7000 cabin crew has sparked fears that tough times are ahead.

Yesterday the airline said it was hoping 350 staff, representing about 5 per cent of the cabin crew, would accept the offer, which was part of a "number of measures" to combat the economic difficulties it faced in the aviation market, including the high cost of fuel.

Michael Mijatov, from the Flight Attendants Association, said the announcement was unsettling. "The fact that they are having a voluntary redundancy program means that things aren't good."

Meanwhile Tiger Airways yesterday announced it will axe flights between Sydney and Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast in an effort to improve its ontime performance.

Two routes from Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport will also be suspended from August 1 so the airline can focus on restoring punctuality.

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Rising oil prices and the recent natural disasters in Queensland were to blame, the airline said.

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