Deputy Labor Leader Michelle O'Byrne has written to the owners of Launceston Airport to express concern about a decision to make redundant the airport's general manager.
Ms O'Byrne wrote to Australian Pacific Airports Corporation chief executive Lyle Strambi on Thursday, a day after it had emerged that general manager Paul Hodgen had been ousted amid the challenges facing the aviation industry as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
She is seeking a commitment that the general manager position will be reinstated once the economic impact of COVID-19 dissipates.
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APAC owns both Launceston Airport and Melbourne Airport.
"I appreciate the difficult situation and the nature of the decisions you have been forced to make," Ms O'Byrne wrote.
"However the commitment to local management at Launceston Airport is something that Labor in government and in Opposition takes very seriously.
"Paul Hodgen has provided excellent leadership at the airport and in our broader business and tourism community.
"I seek from you ... a commitment that post the economic and tourism impact of COVID-19 that we will see a return to investment in senior local management at Launceston Airport."
An APAC spokesperson said while the decision to make the general manager position redundant was "exacerbated by the current situation", it also was the product of a "months-long" structural review of the business.
"The Launceston Airport leadership team has grown over the past six years as we've continued to invest in senior expertise to steer this part of our business - and we will continue to do that well into the future," the spokesperson said.
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