Alan Joyce ‘cried’ over ‘difficult decisions’ that helped Qantas survive the pandemic

qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce says he’s not going anywhere despite the ongoing public relations blows the national carrier has suffered in recent months.

Announcing a $1 billion loss for the airline yesterday, Joyce pointed to fare increases of up to 20 percent for international flights and 10 percent for domestic flights.

The higher costs are intended to offset rising fuel prices.

Qantas will today announce the world's longest non-stop flights to Europe and the United States.
Qantas has announced fare increases due to the high cost of fuel. (9News)

Joyce told ben Fordham on 2GB that he and the airline would have to stand trial for future performances.

“This is the most difficult period for the aviation industry,” he said.

“The restart has not been as smooth as we hoped. We should do better and we will do better.”

Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the airline did what it had to do to survive. (AF/Louis Douvis)

Asked how much he had made laying off workers during the pandemic, Joyce said the cuts had reached even the highest levels, with 30 percent of people at the front office being pushed out.

“We had to make some really tough decisions to survive,” he said.

“Friends that I had had for 20 years, I had them in my office and I was crying, making them redundant.”

A century of Qantas: from inland airline to global giant

He said his own salary was tied to Qantas’ performance, meaning he hadn’t taken home big bonuses as the airline struggled to stay solvent.

And Joyce said Qantas would hand out bonuses worth $200 million to all employees if the company could “turn around.”

He said that was the job he was committed to and that he aimed to stay on as CEO until at least the end of next year.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.