Qantas announces post-COVID Recovery Plan - Jetstar Asia Reducing Workforce

Jetstar Asia fleet, to Reducing Fleet to 13 Aircraft

  • 06:25 AM, 25 Jun, 2020

(June 25, 2020) Today, the Qantas Group announced a three-year plan to accelerate its recovery from the COVID crisis and create a stronger platform for future profitability, long-term shareholder value and to ultimately preserve as many jobs as possible.

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As part of this strategy, Jetstar Asia has, in consultation with its shareholders and the Newstar Board, made the following difficult but necessary decisions to ensure the low-cost carrier is set up for a strong future in a very different market:

Removing five Airbus A320 aircraft from the Jetstar Asia fleet, reducing the fleet to 13 aircraft

Reducing Jetstar Asia’s workforce by up to 180 roles across all parts of the business, approximately 26 percent of the Jetstar Asia workforce

Extending the furlough period for the majority of the workforce until the end of December 2020

Jetstar Asia CEO, Bara Pasupathi (pictured)stated: “COVID-19 has delivered the single biggest shock to the aviation industry and as a result we have had to make incredibly difficult decisions to ensure we protect the business and our people as best as possible, while securing our future success. 

“There is no doubt that the travel market will look very different moving forward, so it is imperative that we change and adapt

“Today’s decisions, while extremely difficult, ensure Jetstar Asia will be ready to recover when international travel demand resumes and allows us to remain agile while staying true to our low-cost DNA. Singapore and Changi Airport remain a strategic footprint for Jetstar Asia and the Qantas Group and we look forward to growing passenger numbers further through innovation and enhancing the customer experience in the future. 

“I would like to thank the Singapore Government who acted swiftly and decisively to support the aviation industry through this unprecedented time. The significant budget initiatives, including the enhanced Jobs Support Scheme for the aviation sector and support for our current flying, as well as support with secondary employment opportunities for our incredible workforce, have enabled us to mitigate the situation that could otherwise have been even more confronting. 

“We look forward to getting back into the sky soon and welcoming our customers back on board.”

Jetstar Asia spokesperson added: No decisions have been made on flights out of Singapore but we are closely monitoring demand and will continue to review our network.
Customers will not be impacted by today’s announcement however, all customers affected by the suspension of services due to border restrictions across the region will be offered a refund to the full value of their untraveled booking in the form of a travel credit voucher. The travel credit voucher is a multi-use voucher and can be redeemed up to the value stated on the voucher across multiple Jetstar bookings, within 12 months of issue."


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