Australian airline Qantas office executives have been asked to assist full-time with baggage handling at airports for three months. Due to the staff shortage, Qantas can operate fewer flights than planned. That is why assistance is needed.


Operations Director Colin Hughes sent a memo to executives. It states that the airline is looking for at least 100 volunteers to help on shifts at Sydney and Melbourne airports.

Duties include loading and unloading luggage and driving the vehicles that transport the luggage to and from the aircraft. Candidates must be able to handle suitcases weighing up to 32 kilograms.

Qantas office staff have previously worked at the airports during holiday periods. However, the new call again underlines the glaring global shortage of personnel facing airlines as the travel demand has picked up.

Due to the problems, Qantas had to cancel more than 8 percent of its domestic flights in June. This made it the least reliable company in the country.

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