Qantas has announced that they will suspend all international flights from the end of March as it faces the reality of the Federal Government’s Level 4 travel ban.
Two-thirds of Qantas employees will also be temporarily stood down from their positions as the airline seeks to save jobs in the longer-term.
International flights will continue through until the end of March as Australians seek to return home.
The decision to stand down employees temporarily is thought to affect about 20,000 staff members, who have been given the option to take leave over the period.
60 per cent of domestic flights will also be cut until the end of May.
With the Federal Government yesterday introducing a Level 4 travel ban for Australians, the country’s airline industry has been faced with an unprecedented drop in demand.
Virgin Australia previously responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by cutting its international flights.
Qantas said in a Facebook post that customers with booked flights will automatically begin receiving flight credits for use on any domestic or international flights.