Qantas invites cabin crew who resigned or were retrenched during pandemic to return

Qantas is inviting cabin crew members who either resigned or took redundancy during the pandemic to return to work for the airline, now that it is ‘back in profit.’

A call out from the Australian flag carrier was posted on the Flight Attendants’ Association of Australia private Facebook group. It was later shared by Sydney radio station 2GB.

“As one of our cabin crew members who made an incredibly difficult decision to leave Qantas during the pandemic– we want to provide an update on how our recovery is going and the very different circumstances we’re operating in today,” the post read.

“As you know, the pandemic was extremely challenging for Qantas and the broader aviation industry. With the changes we made across the airline and the incredible rebound in travel over the past 12 months, the business is now back in profit and growing again,” the post continued.

It added that the airline is expecting more than 1,500 to join the company by the end of 2023. 

Ex-crew members who wish to rejoin have the option of a 12-month contract or an ongoing permanent position. 

The post also stated that applicants who took a voluntary redundancy must have left the airline a minimum of two years ago “in line with Qantas Group policy”. 

“When our airline operations were grounded as a result of the pandemic and we had to stand down most of our workforce, a number of people made very difficult decisions to leave the company,” a Qantas spokesperson confirmed to Australian media

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