More than 100 positions will be axed by the Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) due to the continued impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to The Courier-Mail, the cuts will account for, what would be by the end of 2020, a quarter of the company’s workforce.
Speaking to the outlet, BAC explained the positions to be lost include “a large number of vacant positions that will not be filled” as well as redundancies.
“The majority of roles were vacant and will not be filled, some were contracts that will not be renewed, and there were some redundancies,” the company said in a statement.
“We emphasise that we have not cut 25 per cent of the existing staff, but it is indeed 25 per cent of the number of roles we would have expected to have had by the end of this year.
“A recruitment freeze was put in place at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, which meant more than 30 roles were not filled.
“Of the rest of the BAC workforce, we have had a 15 per cent reduction, with nearly half of these taken as voluntary redundancies.”
According to The Courier-Mail, there will be no impact on passengers or other airport users.
“The successful completion of our new runway, our largest-ever construction project, has seen a natural attrition of project staff engaged specifically to deliver the project,” Brisbane Airport told the News Corp outlet.
“We also re-scaled our planned capital works program to reflect lower passenger forecasts for the coming years. And the immediate impact of COVID-19 in passenger numbers has also had an impact.
“The reduction in positions at BAC will not impact customer service, safety or security.”
Travel Weekly has reached out to BAC for comment.
The news comes as Queensland prepares to close its border to NSW and ACT residents, with both states joining Victoria in being declared as coronavirus ‘hotspots’ by the Queensland government.
It also comes after Virgin Australia revealed plans to cut as many as 3,000 jobs, and dump its low-cost carrier Tigerair.
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