The company’s operational staff have told 9News they are furious to hear about the event, which was held at the airline’s Mascot headquarters in Sydney.
The event was designed to lure staff who have worked from home over the past two years back to head office.
9News has obtained the itinerary of the festival, which included meditation, Zumba and dog therapy, where office staff could pat a therapy dog.
Qantas has said the event was not a usual occurrence and was organized a long time ago.
The majority of the event was held before the chaotic scenes started erupting at airports late last week but a key unions says it is furious.
The Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) said the event was insulting to both the staff currently working and to those sacked by Qantas.
“This news about Qantas, in a sense, celebrating at HQ is a kick in the guts to these people and their families,” TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine said.
Frontline staff and passengers are again being warned to expect more chaotic scenes as Easter travel sets in.
Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport is bracing for more than 380,000 passengers over the next five days.
“We are going to some of the busiest days we’ve actually seen in domestic travel at our airport even pre-COVID – let alone post-COVID,” Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi said.
“We’re facing unique challenges.
“Those challenges extend to parking – more people (are) arriving in private cars than ever and we’re doing all we can to open more parking spaces to everybody.”
Staff shortages also continue to hit the workforce.
In a plea to unrostered pilots, Qantas claimed it was “critically short” of captains and first officers, and needed to fill gaps today.
But former Qantas captain Richard de Crespigny has said pilot shortages aren’t presenting too much of a problem for the airline.
“I think Qantas has had six flights in jeopardy out of 1500 in the last few days,” he said.
Melbourne Airport says issues with baggage has been the root cause of the travel pain in recent days given the staff shortages in that area.
Smiles and hugs as families are reunited in regional NSW