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Qantas Is So Stretched It Needs Office Staff to Work as Ground Crew

  • Carrier seeks extra assistance to cover July vacation period
  • Airlines struggling to ramp up staffing amid travel rebound
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WATCH: Qantas and its global peers face a stronger-than-expected recovery in passenger traffic from the pandemic. Paul Allen reports.Source: Bloomberg

Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd. is appealing to head-office employees to help the airline’s overworked ground handling staff as the pandemic-hit sector struggles to cope with a rebound in air travel.

Workers at the headquarters of Sydney-based Qantas and its Melbourne-based low-cost airline Jetstar have been asked to step in and assist during the peak July vacation period, according to an internal email sent by Jetstar’s airport operations.