Singapore: After nearly 12 years as Jetstar Asia’s Chief Executive Officer, Barathan Pasupathi will step down from the role to pursue other opportunities, effective 1 March 2024.  

Jetstar Asia has announced John Simeone will become the new Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore low-cost carrier. 

John lives in Singapore and currently works as Qantas’ Senior Vice President for Asia. He has over 30 years of global experience in the aviation industry with a career that spans key airline commercial and operational functions including Network Planning, Revenue Management and Sales. 

Executive comments:  

Dennis Choo, Jetstar Asia Chairman: 

“As a passionate and energetic leader, Bara has been a true champion of our brand and our people and has ensured Jetstar Asia is positioned for success as we look forward to an exciting future by increasing our fleet, launching new destinations, and welcoming new team members.  

“I thank Bara for his exceptional contribution to Jetstar Asia over many years. 

“John is a fantastic people leader and joins Jetstar Asia with over 30 years of aviation experience, including a deep knowledge of the Singapore and Asian aviation markets.  

“John’s appointment provides continuity to the business and strong leadership to Jetstar Asia as we continue an exciting chapter of growth at the airline.” 

Barathan Pasupathi, outgoing Jetstar Asia CEO:   

“I’ve been humbled by the tremendous support from shareholders, the Board, partners and team members and I want to take this opportunity to thank them all. 

“I am pleased to hand over the reins to John, who I’ve had the pleasure of working with closely for a number of years and who I know will excel in the role.” 

John Simeone, incoming Jetstar Asia CEO:  

“Jetstar Asia is an incredible airline full of passionate and talented people and plays a key role here in Singapore, providing low fares for Singaporeans and connecting to the broader Qantas Group in Asia.  

“My focus will be to continue the exciting journey we’ve started, building capacity and connectivity out of Changi Airport so we can keep offering great low fares to amazing destinations across the region.  

“I’m looking forward to leading the Jetstar Asia team and continuing to deliver great experiences for our customers.”