Qantas has secured a continued wage subsidy for its workers who usually work on international routes after JobKeeper ends.
More than 7,000 workers will receive a $500-a-week wage payment until October as part of the part of the $1.2 billion aviation tourism support scheme.
Virgin Australia will also receive direct funding to train its workers for future flights.
“It’s a fact of the matter that we need to maintain a sovereign international aviation capability here in Australia, and what we’ve announced is a package that will support 8,500 jobs at Qantas and Virgin in our international aviation space,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told Nine.
“That money will go to maintaining planes, maintaining the skills of those workers, and Qantas and Virgin have decided to provide them with some additional wage support.”
A Virgin spokesperson said the financial support will help get its employees “back to work faster than we would have been able to, and getting our international operations ready over the coming months”.