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International airline axes all Australian routes

An overseas airline trimming back its international Routes will no longer fly into and out of Australia and has culled its local workforce as part of a widespread restructuring.

Struggling Vietnam carrier Bamboo Airlines launched in 2022 and has operated flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh and Melbourne to Hanoi.

Those trips are no longer available for travellers visiting the carrier’s website and it is understood other international routes including London and Frankfurt are also being abandoned.

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“Bamboo Airways has improved commercial efficiency by reducing the frequency of a number of inefficient routes with low passenger demand while increasing operation on routes recording high demand,” the company said in a statement.

National sales manager for Australia and New Zealand Brad Crawford announced major workforce cuts in a LinkedIn post over the weekend.

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“It is with a heavy heart that I advise all Bamboo Airways Australia GSA staff have been made redundant including my national sales manager role,” Crawford said.

“The past two years were amazing.”

It is understood the carrier is looking to sell its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners after recently posting a $700 million loss, with a focus on downsizing.

“Narrow-body aircraft and jets” are set to be deployed on key domestic routes including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang as well as “domestic tourist routes with high demand and international routes to Southeast Asia”.

“Regarding the fleet, Bamboo Airways has been actively discussing and negotiating with partners to redesign the appropriate structure and size, prioritising economy, uniformly standardising aircraft configuration, reducing fuel consumption, and protecting the environment,” the company said.

Bamboo Airways is trimming destinations and staff. Credit: Bamboo Airways / Facebook/Facebook

Bamboo Airways said work behind the scenes was about laying the foundation to “rebuild the airline more efficiently and streamlined”.

The airline said passengers affected by potential flight adjustments will be notified by the carrier.

In September a Bamboo Airways flight narrowly missed construction workers at Melbourne Airport after the pilot lifted off too late.

A final report will be released once an investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been completed.

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