Qantas mulls moving Sydney head office interstate

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 it 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.

The airline has decided to lay off close to a third of it 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.

A review of Qantas' corporate property footprint will focus on its 49,000 square-metre head office near Sydney Airport and Jetstar’s head office in Collingwood, Melbourne, which could be merged into the one location.

"Like most airlines, the ongoing impact of COVID means we’ll be a much smaller company for a while," Qantas Group chief financial officer Vanessa Hudson said.

"We’re looking right across the organisation for efficiencies, including our $40 million annual spend on leased office space.

"As well as simply right-sizing the amount of space we have, there are opportunities to consolidate some facilities and unlock economies of scale."

Ms Hudson said Western Sydney Airport was on the cards as a location for a new Qantas office, while it will also look at moving aviation facilities including its flight simulators in Sydney and Melbourne and its heavy maintenance facility in Brisbane.

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