Qantas impact on state not known

THE impact of Qantas's cuts on Tasmania remains to be seen.

Tourism Minister Scott Bacon said yesterday he had been in talks with Qantas, and did not believe flights in and out of the state would be affected.

Mr Bacon said yesterday's announcement would not affect the multi-million dollar tourism marketing campaign the state government signed with the national carrier in September.

``Tourism Tasmania and Qantas are already engaged in joint marketing campaigns in Hong Kong and Singapore, and are on track to deliver the agreed outcomes for the first year of the three-year agreement,'' he said.

``Tourism Tasmania continues to work closely with Qantas on promotions planned for this financial year, and has an agreed planning schedule in place with them in relation to co-operative marketing activities throughout the next financial year.''

The airline no longer directly operates any flights into the state, with all flights now operated by regional subsidiary QantasLink.

However, it does have a 300-strong workforce at a Southern call centre.

The national carrier pulled out of the state last month, axing 35 jobs at Hobart airport.

Australian Services Union assistant state secretary Igor Grattan said it was too soon to know the full implications of the cuts.

Qantas yesterday announced it would cut 5000 jobs to save $2 billion over three years.


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