In the midst of a crisis, an airline is asking its executives to act as baggage handlers

Qantas has launched an emergency program to find handlers at airports. Gudellaphoto / Adobe Stock

Australia’s Qantas has had to cancel several flights due to a shortage of ground staff. Ask senior company executives for help.

To deal with the labor shortage that has crippled airlines since the pandemic, Australia’s Qantas appears to have found a solution. She offers her executives to leave the offices to work on the tarmac as baggage handlers. According to an internal memo from Colin Hughes, COO of Qantas, relayed Australian , senior staff will work as a material handler at Sydney and Melbourne airports three to five days a week, on a voluntary basis. One hundred jobs will be searched.

You will receive a task list and operations schedule and will be supervised by our ground handling partners‘,” Colin Hughes specifies in the internal memo, explaining that the individuals involved will not have to combine this role with their usual duties. It is unclear how the company intends to lay off hundreds of its senior executives, or how many of them responded to the call. When contacted, the Australian company did not respond for orders from figaro.

2000 layoffs in 2021

Our operational performance does not meet the expectations of our customers or the standards we expect of ourselvesA Qantas spokesman said, according to Australian Air. The company is already paralyzed by hiring difficulties after it fired, in 2021, nearly 2,000 ground employees due to the Covid crisis. The country’s federal court found these dismissals to be a partial violation of Australian law, but Qantas has appealed. The airline is also facing strikes by ground staff over wage requirements and working conditions.

Qantas has come under fire in recent weeks after it posted the worst performance in its history in June 2022. Nearly half of its flights were delayed or canceled and many bags were lost or damaged. ” Getting an airline back up and running after a two-year shutdown is complicated and the job market in the airline industry, like many others, is very tight.defended Andrew David, the company’s domestic and international CEO in July 2022. Add to that the fact that COVID-19 cases are on the rise again, along with flu season (It’s winter in Australia, editor’s note.) »

Flight delays and cancellations have affected airlines around the world in recent months, with Qantas only ranked fourth among airlines that canceled the most flights between April 26 and July 26, 2022. European airports have also seen chaotic situations at the start of summer, such as Heathrow in London, Schiphol in Amsterdam or Kastrup in Copenhagen. More than 25,000 scheduled flights have been pulled from the August flight schedule, including nearly 60% in Europe.

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