Flight Centre Makes 250 Staff Redundant, Temporarily Shuts 33 Stores

Mar 23, 2020
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Flight Centre has announced that 250 staff would be made redundant from today, and 33 shop would close temporarily, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement, the travel agency said the unprecedented travel restrictions throughout the world has forced it to reduce its workforce.

The company said the job losses primarily affect those staff who joined Flight Centre New Zealand within the last year.

A Flight Centre spokesperson told What’s On Invers, that the Invercargill store would stay open, subject to any changes to Covid-19 alert level by the Government.

All contractual obligations will be met and those impacted will finish with the company today.

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“This decision wasn’t taken lightly and it was one that we hoped to avoid, we do not want to see these great people leave our company,” Flight Centre New Zealand managing director David Coombes said.

“We took every possible step to save these roles but, in the end, we were left with no choice.

“Our core product – international travel – has effectively been taken from the shelves in the short-term and, while we anticipate a strong rebound in time, it is impossible to predict the timeframe for recovery.

“We have had to take immediate and drastic action and I fear further tough calls will be needed if we do not get urgent government support,” he says.

Once travel rebounds and the company is able to expand again, employees who have lost their jobs will be given preferential selection over others, Coombes said.

Flight Centre Travel Group employs 1200 New Zealanders as well as over 200 self-employed travel brokers.

Flight Centre has more than 140 retail locations.

Source: rnz.co.nz Republished by arrangement.

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