Jetstar CEO Gareth Evans resigns

Jetstar CEO Gareth Evans is stepping down at the end of the year.

Jetstar chief executive Gareth Evans is stepping down at the end of the year after more than five years in the role.

Evans is a veteran of the Qantas Group, having served as Qantas chief financial officer and CEO of Qantas International.

“Gareth has decided this is the right moment to move on,” Qantas said in a statement.

“He’s given an incredible amount to the organisation in several key roles, from his time as CFO through major restructuring and most recently as Jetstar CEO as we navigated COVID. When he leaves next year it will be with our sincere thanks and best wishes.”

The announcement comes as Qantas warned it will cut domestic flights by an additional 5 per cent in July, August and September on top of a 10 per cent reduction announced in May in an effort to combat rising fuel prices.

Qantas also announced it will offer a $5000 payment to its around 19,000 employees on condition a new enterprise agreement is locked in.

“Today, we’re announcing a one-off payment that goes some of the way to acknowledging the sacrifices our people have made, including long periods of no work and no annual wage increases,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.