Qantas staff warned they may be stood down if lockdown carries on

Qantas staff have been warned they may be stood down if the lockdowns in three states drag on.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce emailed staff yesterday saying the Greater Sydney, South Australian and Victorian lockdowns have taken their toll on a domestic flights, which have sunk to below 40 per cent of normal demand.

“We’re not at the point of requiring stand downs in our domestic operations at this stage,” he said.

“But to be honest we can’t rule it out if multiple states keep their borders closed for extended periods.”

Joyce remained hopeful the outbreaks could be “brought under control soon”, in which case domestic capacity should be back at around 60 per cent in August and up to 80-90 per cent in September and October.

However, if the lockdowns “drag on” the scenario looks much bleaker.

“Under that scenario, we expect the support packages offered by government would kick in to provide a basic level of income support directly to those eligible,” he said.