Less than a year into his three-year contract, Launceston Airport chief executive Hans van Pelt has resigned, citing "personal reasons".
Mr van Pelt took on the top job on August 24, resigning on Monday.
"In the more than eight months I have been in Launceston I have seen my family for less than three weeks of that time," Mr van Pelt said.
"That simply isn't sustainable and I have made a decision that allows me to be at home more."
Mr van Pelt said he planned to stay with the airport business in a consultancy role for the next six months.
"The airport is well placed again, commercially and operationally," he said of his time at the helm.
"Our capability is restored and our ability to be the key Northern Tasmanian gateway will continue for a long, long time.
"I'm proud that we have recovered flight and passengers numbers well ahead of the market and that hopefully enables the economy, and in particular the tourism and hospitality sectors, to enjoy a more productive autumn and winter period."
Andrew Gardiner, chief of commercial property and Launceston Airport, based at Melbourne Airport, will assume responsibility as the search for a new chief executive commences.
"During his time at Launceston Airport, Hans made a significant contribution to the navigation of COVID-19 and has been a fundamental figure in the airport's recovery by enhancing Launceston Airport's profile," Mr Gardiner said.
"In particular, Hans had strong relationships with state and local government and was able to work closely with them to achieve outcomes such as the establishment of a temporary health facility. "
In the short-term, Launceston Airport chairman Hugh McKenzie will take on a "more active role".
"Mr McKenzie brings a wealth of experience and has served on the Launceston board for six years," Mr Gardiner said.
Mr van Pelt said he owned property in Launceston, keeping his connection with the city, and as such planned to remain on the board of the Launceston Chamber of Commerce.
"I have a big soft spot for the city, and I look forward to working with everyone to make Launceston the great regional area," he said.
Chamber executive officer David Peach said he was saddened to hear of Mr van Pelt's resignation from the airport.
"Hans has been at the helm of Launceston Airport during one of the most challenging periods in its history," Mr Peach said.
"We wish to thank him for all his efforts in managing it through the worst of COVID and seeing it well down the path to recovery; indeed, back to almost business as usual.
"His contribution to business in Launceston during this time has been significant and we look forward to a continuation of that legacy under new guidance."
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