Flight Center will reopen 35 retail stores across Australia, including Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, and is looking to hire more than 200 new staff.
Reopenings began in Brisbane, with stores in Cleveland and Bulimba reopening on Monday, after being put on “hibernation” due to COVID.
The Greenslopes store will follow on November 14.
“At a time when Australia’s regional and suburban communities are witnessing services such as banking and telecommunications closing branches and becoming available online only, Flight Center will continue to offer customers choice,” Flight CEO said Center Australia, Brent Novak.
The company will continue to offer brick-and-mortar stores so Australians can get “customer service with a human touch”, alongside its online and call center services.
Flight Center will have 338 locations in Australia once stores reopen. The company is looking to fill 179 travel consultant positions and 25 team leader positions.
Flight Center previously confirmed that the following stores would reopen:
NSW: Terrigal, The Junction, Lane Cove, Forestway, Darlinghurst, Leichhardt, Lismore, Camden
VIC: Ashburton, Eltham, Balwyn, Casey, Croydon, Hampton, Hawthorn, Elwood, Docklands
QLD: Ascot, Noosa, Ashgrove, Bulimba, Cleveland, Paddington, Greenslopes, Rose City Warwick
SA: Glenelg, Norwood
WA: F&B Raine Square, F&B Cottesloe
TAS: Centrepoint Hobart, Rosny, Kings Meadows
NT: Casuarina, Alice Springs
It aims to have all “hibernating” stores reopened and restocked before the Christmas period.
International travel increases
It’s been a year since Australia’s international travel ban was lifted and overseas travel is starting to recover.
The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows we are about halfway back to pre-pandemic levels.
As for where Australians go, the main destinations in August were New Zealand, Indonesia and the United Kingdom.
The United States, Fiji and Thailand followed, based on returns of short-term residents.
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