SIX Qantas workers in Suva have been offered employment with the Tappoo Group of Companies.
This was confirmed yesterday by a Qantas spokeswoman as the airline announced that the group had been appointed as its general sales agent in Fiji.
“Qantas will subsequently close its Fiji retail travel centre as a result next month,” the spokeswoman said.
“All six Suva-based employees have been offered employment with Tappoo Group.
“This has been a difficult decision. However it is no longer commercially viable for Qantas to have its own retail presence in Fiji.”
The airline said Fiji remained an important part of their extended network, through its partner Fiji Airways.
“Qantas has not operated its own services to Fiji since 2000. The local sales office sells codeshare tickets on Fiji Airways services. The majority of Qantas customers travelling on this route purchase tickets from Australia.”
Tappoo Group of Companies executive chairman Kantilal Tappoo said the appointment would further establish their hold in the tourism industry.