Picture: “My Airport Aircraft Catering Vehicle (ACV)” by Stephen Abbott
The airline business in Australia is facing some tough times in light of today’s news. Air Australia and Qantas, one (former) giant and other virtually unknown to the public, have both announced they are facing difficulties leading to positions being made redundant.
In a press release posted on the airline’s website this morning, Air Australia – an Australian-based international and domestic airline was previously known as Strategic Airlines – said its fleet would be grounded “in the short term”. The Daily Telegraph
Although Air Australia is sticking to phrases like “in the sort or medium term” when referring to their fleet being grounded and flights not resuming, the public and most media publications are directly and without any doubt crying “bankrupt”.
In the short term, the fleet will be grounded. It currently appears that there are no funds available to meet operational expenses so flights will be suspended immediately. For clarity, it also appears highly unlikely there will be any flights in the short to medium term. Air Australia
At the same time, Australia’s flagship airline Qantas has made a public announcement about cutting 500 positions immediately, 5000 in the next 4 years, and a slow fleet growth through 2013. There are talks about closing down a major maintenance base and selling two airline catering units as Qantas is contends with competition from Middle East airlines and higher fuel prices. (via brisbanetimes.com.au)
Thousands of customers have taken to Twitter to express their fury over lost money and missed holidays using hashtag #airaustralia, whereas the first Air Australia employees have just expressed their disbelief as they been told they are out of jobs.
So now what? Has the global recession really finally hit Australia? As alongside with Qantas’ job cuts and Air Australia folding there were other businesses that announced hundreds of positions to be made redundant, it seems like some businesses really are facing trouble. Airlines seem to be among those struggling around the world, whereas airports seem to be blossoming. In Australia and abroad airports are expanding, restructuring and hiring.
A Treasury Department official said while recent job losses were painful for individuals, at least they were coming at a time of low unemployment. The Daily Telegraph
So what can we tell those who are about to or have already lost their jobs in the aviation business? At the time when unemployment in Australia is still below 5.2%, Sydney Airport’s biggest catering company SSP Australia is ready to start hiring food and beverage professionals to power up their floor and office staff in International Departures terminal 1. Right now you have the option to sign up for the Human Resources newsletter targeted specifically to the job seeker for alerts and notifications on open positions within SSP Australia.