Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Confident Qantas earns Government ire

Qantas has reopened bookings for all overseas flights from July 1 - but has earned a rebuke from the Australian Government for doing so. 

The actual start date of international flights resuming will be subject to the easing of respective border controls and the progress of the Covid-10 vaccination rollout.

"We continue to review and update our international schedule in response to the developing Covid-19 situation," Qantas said in a statement.

"We have aligned the selling of our international services to reflect our expectation that international travel will begin to restart from July 2021."

Long haul destinations open for booking include the US and the United Kingdom.

Scheduled international flights have been grounded for months although repatriation flights have continued subject to the limits imposed on inbound passenger traffic by the government.

Qantas chief Alan Joyce recently said passengers will likely need to supply proof they've received the Covid-19 vaccine before they are allowed to fly.

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said while ticket sales were a commercial decision for airlines, it would be for the government to decide when international travel resumes.

"International borders will be reopened when international arrivals do not pose a risk to Australians," he said in a statement. "Decisions about when international travel resumes will be made by the Australian Government."

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