Coronavirus: Qantas adds to job cuts by outsourcing 2,000 roles

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Qantas will outsource more than 2,000 ground staff roles in an effort to limit its financial losses.

The job cuts are on top of 6,000 roles already announced by Australia’s flag carrier earlier this year.

Qantas announced a $2bn (£1bn) loss in August due to Covid-19 and associated border restrictions.

“Unfortunately, Covid has turned aviation upside down,” said Andrew David, the airline’s domestic and international chief executive.

“Airlines around the world are having to make dramatic decisions in order to survive and the damage will take years to repair,” he added.

Qantas hopes to save about $74m annually, based on pre-Covid levels of flying, by switching to third-party providers instead of handling its own ground services.

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