Published on : Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Qantas Airways has started taking bookings for international flights from July 1. The Australian flag-carrier previous said it was not expecting to fly internationally until much later in the year but now appears to be gambling sufficient COVID-19 vaccinations will taken place to reopen routes.
Ticket sales for Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, which had been set to start in March, have been pushed back to July, while other destinations like London have been brought forward from October. New Zealand is the only overseas destination to which Qantas is currently flying.
Although countries including Singapore, China, Israel, the United States and the United Kingdom have started vaccinating their populations, Australia is yet to authorise the same and shows no plans to begin until at least March. Qantas said in December, that it expects to fly the vast majority of its normal domestic schedule in the first quarter after major state borders reopen.
By June, the airline is likely to generate enough cash to begin repairing its balance sheet. The carrier mentioned that it has aligned the selling of international services to reflect expectation that international travel will begin to restart from July 2021. The airline has also decided to continue reviewing and updating its international schedule in response to the developing COVID-19 situation.