‘No more flying’: Textron Aviation to cut 400 jobs and move operations to Australia
Textron Airports in Sydney’s west are to be shut after the Australian aviation industry announced it would cut 300 jobs and relocate its operations to Queensland.
Key points:The industry has been struggling to make a comeback since the closure of its headquarters in MelbourneIn September, the federal government announced a new plan to reinvigorate the industryThe new plan aims to improve the quality of flight experience in the countryThe announcement came after the Federal Government announced plans to invest $100 million to rebuild and expand the industry’s main facilities, including an airport in Brisbane, and to create more jobs in the state.
Key facts:The Textron Aviator is a popular aircraft manufacturer which produces aircraft for more than 60 airlines in more than 80 countries.
In a statement, Textron said it would “continue to be a part of the aviation industry in Queensland, Australia, as we continue to deliver outstanding aviation services.”
The company’s Australian headquarters are in Sydney and Perth.
In September 2018, the Australian Government announced a $100m plan to upgrade and modernise the state’s airports, including the state government’s regional hub in Brisbane.
The plan included $50m for a new $15 million facility in the city of Ballarat, as well as a $60m expansion of the airport’s terminal, and the creation of a new terminal at a nearby airport.
The announcement was made in response to a new Australian Government plan to invest more than $100million to build an aviation facility in Queensland.
It also included an expansion of a nearby terminal in Ballarat.
A further $70 million will go towards an aviation research facility at the nearby Brisbane Airport, as part of a larger regional hub.
In 2020, the ABC revealed that the state had lost more than 100 jobs in aerospace manufacturing since 2017.
It said the industry had struggled to make up for the loss of some key employees, and that there was a perception that there were more skilled workers than workers with experience.ABC Fact Check identified the closures as part, but not the only, of the government’s plan to modernise its state’s regional hubs.
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