Qantas is considering moving and downsizing its offices and aviation facilities within Australia as part of continued efforts to cut costs amid the pandemic.
The carrier is mulling co-locating sites such as its head office in Sydney and Jetstar’s office in Melbourne, after laying off thousands of workers in recent months.
Qantas said it had no intentions to move facilities offshore as a result of the review.
Flight simulator centres in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as heavy maintenance facilities in Brisbane, may also move.
Qantas group chief financial officer Vanessa Hudson said: “Like most airlines, the ongoing impact of COVID means we’ll be a much smaller company for a while.
“We’re looking right across the organisation for efficiencies, including our $40 million annual spend on leased office space.”
About 8000 workers are leaving the airline, which has slashed overseas and domestic flights due to coronavirus travel restrictions.
The group in June sacked 6000 workers as part of a three-year plan to slash costs by $15 billion. About 2,400 ground crew were last month told their roles will likely be outsourced.
Qantas has invited state governments to offer incentives to move jobs to their regions.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews told a media conference he spoke to Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce on Monday night.
“We think that we have a very attractive offer to make and we’ll work through that to try and have as many jobs as we possibly can in our city and state,” he said.
Mr Andrews said Avalon Airport had plenty of space and Melbourne Airport was the largest flight-curfew-free one in the country.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she also spoke to Mr Joyce and the government was considering its options.
Having Qantas at the Western Sydney Airport will be one possibility. It’s due to open in 2026.
The carrier said property changes would not affect customers.
The airline will be sub-leasing excess office space in Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney.
The property review is expected to take three months.
Qantas’ head office first opened in Winton in Queensland in 1920 but moved to Sydney in 1938.
Shares in the company were lower by 0.25 per cent to $3.93 at 1326 AEST.