Qantas International CEO, Tino La Spina, will leave the group as the airline braces for what is likely to be an extended grounding of international flights at least until mid-2021 in light of the Covid-19 crisis.
La Spina’s responsibilities will transfer to Qantas Domestic head Andrew David when he departs on September 1, Qantas said in a statement on Monday.
The change will see David taking on functional responsibility for Qantas International, in addition to his existing responsibility for Qantas Domestic and Qantas Freight. He will report to group CEO Alan Joyce.
Joyce said: “The Covid crisis is forcing us to rethink our business at every level. It’s increasingly clear that our international flights will be grounded until at least mid-2021 and it will take years for activity to return to what it was before. Under those circumstances, we’ve made the decision to consolidate the domestic and international business units under a single divisional CEO.
La Spina, who became CEO of International just over 12 months ago, was formerly Qantas CFO, and has spent 14 years with the airline.