Qantas mulls move from Sydney headquarters

Qantas is considering an interstate move from its Mascot headquarters, which it has called home for more than two decades, amid a review of its property footprint and overheads.

The review will focus on the Mascot headquarters and budget subsidiary’s Jetstar’s offices in Collingwood, Victoria. Some aviation facilities, including heavy maintenance facilities in Brisbane, are also facing scrutiny. Qantas spends $40 million a year on leased office space.

The airline has decided to lay off close to a third of its workforce since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, or around 8000 workers, and on Tuesday said it was looking to shrink its physical footprint accordingly.  Supplied

“Most of our activities and facilities are anchored to the airports we fly to, but anything that can reasonably move without impacting our operations or customers is on the table as part of this review,” Qantas chief financial officer Vanessa Hudson said.

Qantas said it has already engaged in preliminary talks with the NSW, Victorian, Queensland and South Australian governments about possibly housing the airline. It has committed to not moving offices offshore.

A source said the airline was leaning towards relocating on the east coast if it decided to move from Mascot as part of the consolidation. It would likely be a single facility to house 5000 Qantas head office staff, 1000 Jetstar staff and another 750 aviation services roles.

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