Flight Centre has confirmed that it will close up to 100 stores across Australia, in an announcement to the ASX this morning.
The travel company broke the news today that a number of its underperforming stores would close down as part of its contingency strategy, as the backlash from the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
“While people are still booking travel – in February, our TTV actually increased slightly globally compared to the same month last year – we are now seeing significant softening and expect this to continue into April at least.”
Graham ‘Skroo’ Turner, in the ASX statement.
The company has adopted some short-term strategies to reflect the current trading climate, including:
- An expansion in flexible work arrangements
- Cancellation of events and conferences until further notice
- Reduced trading hours in some stores
- A recruitment freeze
- Reducing leave balances, encouraging staff to take time off during this quieter trading period
- Read here for all of the contingency changes that were announced previously
Flight Centre has not yet confirmed which stores will be closing or how many jobs will be affected, but did say that it was “looking to transfer TTV and sales staff to other shops, while also continuing to invest in new and emerging models”.
For now, the company is looking towards ‘lower risk’ destinations, such as Australian domestic and South Pacific to win leisure market-share.
Graham Turner said although the outlook for recovery remained unclear, FLT is well placed to overcome the unprecedented challenges.
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