Qantas says it is considering moving out of its corporate headquarters in Sydney’s Mascot and could shift to Western Sydney Airport or interstate as it prepares for life as a smaller company in the post-pandemic future.
The airline has decided to lay off close to a third of its workforce since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, or about 8000 workers, and on Tuesday said it was looking to shrink its physical footprint accordingly to cut costs.
A review of Qantas’ corporate property footprint will focus on its 49,000 square-metre head office near Sydney Airport, where around 5000 people work, and Jetstar’s head office in Collingwood, Melbourne, where about 1000 employees are based.
Qantas Group chief financial officer Vanessa Hudson said the two offices could be consolidated, and that Western Sydney Airport was on the cards as a location for new Qantas facilities.
The airline will also look at moving its heavy aircraft maintenance facility in Brisbane, which employs about 750 people, to any other airport in Australia along with its flight simulators in Sydney and Melbourne.
“Like most airlines, the ongoing impact of COVID means we’ll be