Perth Airport will shut terminals, cut executive pay, cancel bonuses and reduce employees’ working hours in a bid to survive the coronavirus crisis.
In an interview with The Australian Financial Review, chief executive Kevin Brown said, “This is the biggest financial challenge Perth Airport has ever faced. Our passenger numbers have collapsed, and as we collect aviation revenue on a per passenger basis, there has been a devastating flow-on effect to our income.”
The airport announced it expected “close to zero” interstate and international travellers between April and September, compared with 5 million during the same period last year.
Perth is the fourth busiest airport in Australia and welcomes almost 14 million passengers a year.
The news is significant as other local airports have yet to announce plans for surviving the next few months, and the cut in traffic.
Nobody is currently allowed to enter Western Australia from 6 April, unless an exemption has been granted.
So far, both Qantas and Virgin Australia groups have announced a complete ban on all international flights, bar repatriations, and significant reductions in domestic travel.
On Tuesday, Australian Aviation reported on comparison images from Flightradar24 showing the effect of COVID-19 on the nation’s aviation industry.
These pictures show the scene on a typical Saturday afternoon in February 2018 versus the scene at the same time and day in April 2020.