Air NZ job cuts 'rushed, poorly planned'

Air New Zealand planes parked up at Auckland Airport two during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo:...
Air New Zealand planes parked up at Auckland Airport two during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Supplied / Air NZ
Air New Zealand has rushed into poorly made plans to cut nearly 1500 people's jobs, E tū union says.

The national carrier plans to lay off 1460 cabin crew staff as it burns through $14 million a month in crew salaries with almost no revenue.

E tū head of aviation Savage said the airline had sped into a redundancy process despite having access to the wage subsidy, the government loan, and its cash reserves.

He said union members accepted the scale of the problem but wanted a fair transition.

The airline was risking its good reputation by rushing into this, he said, and risked destroying the company.

Last week Air NZ said Covid-19 had slashed its revenue by more than $5 billion.

In a message to staff, chief executive Greg Foran said international travel made up two-thirds of the company's revenue and that was gone now for the forseeable future.

The airline is now expecting to earn less than $500 m year. Before Covid-19, Air New Zealand had annual revenue of around $5.8 billion and a profit of $374 million.

Neither the Government's $900 million loan nor the wage subsidy scheme was enough to stave off cutting 12,500 jobs by at least a third, Foran had said.

Citing a 99% drop in domestic travel demand, the airline announced only a handful of return services a day would from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson and Dunedin.

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