The airline reported a 2.7 billion Australian dollars ($1.9 billion) loss for the financial year that ended in June, and a 91% drop in profit from the prior year.
The company said it saw a revenue drop of 4 billion Australian dollars ($2.9 billion) in the second half of the financial year due to the “Covid-19 crisis and associated border restrictions.”
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement that the second half of fiscal year 2020 was the “toughest set of conditions the national carrier had faced in its 100 years” but added that the company had the “resilience to deal with them.”
“We’ve had to make some very tough decisions in the past few months to guarantee our future. At least 6,000 of our people will leave the business through no fault of their own, and thousands more will be stood down for a long time,” Joyce said. “Recovery will take time and it will be choppy.”