QANTAS has announced it is planning for international travel and moving forward in line with the National Cabinet’s phased reopening of international borders.
They remain optimistic that the target of December 2021 remains in reach, based on Australia’s current vaccine rollout.
**** It is to be noted that these are only plans at this stage and they will remain dependent on Government decisions in coming months, including future quarantine requirements etc. ***
Key markets including parts of Asia including Japan that have high and increasing levels of vaccination makes them highly likely to be classed as low risk countries for travellers to visit and return from under reduced quarantine requirements. Of course, pending decisions by the Australian Government and entry policies of other countries.
Assuming current projections hold and the 80 per cent vaccine threshold is met by December, Qantas and Jetstar plan to trigger a gradual restart. If those assumptions change or dates move, the restart plans will adjust accordingly.
From mid-December 2021, flights would start from Australia to COVID-safe destinations, which are likely to include Singapore, the United States, Japan, United Kingdom and Canada using Boeing 787s, Airbus A330s, and 737s and A320s for services to Fiji.
International flights remain subject to Government and Regulatory approval.
FEDERAL NATIONAL CABINET ‘PHASE C’ REOPENING PLAN
Triggered when vaccine rates among eligible Australians reaches 80 per cent
Highly targeted lockdowns only
No caps on returning vaccinated Australians
Lift all restrictions on outbound travel for vaccinated Australians
Extend travel bubble for unrestricted travel to new candidate countries
Gradual reopening of inward and outward international travel with safe countries and proportionate quarantine and reduced requirements for fully vaccinated inbound travellers
Source: Qantas News Room (https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au)