Joyce, Andrews meet over plan for Qantas to call Melbourne home
Qantas boss Alan Joyce and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews have met to discuss moving the airline's headquarters from Sydney to Melbourne, potentially bringing 5000 jobs to the state as it starts its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Joyce travelled to Melbourne on Wednesday - two days after the border with NSW reopened - to meet the Victorian premier to discuss a relocation of Qantas' head office staff according to sources familiar with the meeting.
The pair also discussed restarting Victoria's tourism sector and how to increase flights in and out of the state, the sources said.
Qantas employs around 5000 staff in Sydney that could potentially shift to Melbourne.
Mr Joyce also toured Melbourne Airport on Wednesday to scout out potential locations for Qantas' operations. Qantas has said it is looking to move its Brisbane-based heavy aircraft maintenance facilities, which employ 750 workers, as well as its flight training simulators currently based in Sydney and Melbourne.
Mr Andrews, whose government this week unveiled a $49 billion budget spending spree to create 400,000 jobs over the next five years and drag it out of its COVID-19 recession, said in September he would pitch aggressively for Qantas to call Victoria home.
Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi said he was proud to be contributing to Victoria’s efforts to lure Qantas south.
“We think there's a really strong proposition that would be incredibly hard to match anywhere else,” Mr Strambi said. “The most recent commitments to airport rail underscore just how highly Victoria values aviation.”
Qantas boss Alan Joyce and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews have met to discuss moving the airline's headquarters from Sydney to Melbourne, potentially bringing 5000 jobs to the state.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed the government is in talks with Qantas CEO Alan Joyce on a potential move to Melbourne which could bring up to 5000 jobs to the state.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has visited Melbourne to hold talks with Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews over moving the airline's base, say reports.