Published on : Friday, June 19, 2020
Australia’s flag carrier Qantas has decided to cancel all international flights until late October with flights to New Zealand as the only exception. The decision arrives after the Australian government announced that country is likely to keep its border closed into next year to curb the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
At the moment, the airline and its subsidiary Jetstar are focussing on boosting domestic flights as travel restrictions ease inside Australia. According to reports, Qantas carried 64,000 passengers this week, a sharp increase from 32,000 last week. The carrier has already mentioned that as some travel restrictions are lifted within the country, it would try to increase domestic flights to 15% of what the pre-coronavirus situation looked like. This would be an increase of around 300 return flights each week.
The airline has also mentioned that it will be ready to actively resume operations and ramp its international schedule once the government regulations allow the carrier to do so. Qantas said in an official statement that the carrier will add more flights back into its schedule once travel between Australia and other countries open up and passenger travel demand returns.