We’ve been in the country for the long haul.
We already knew that all of Qantas’ scheduled international flights were grounded until at least October 2020, which came and went. But then we were given hope of an international holiday resurgence when chief executive Alan Joyce announced that the airline, and Jetstar too, was expected to resume international flights in July 2021.
Well, that date has been revised and the Qantas Group have announced (again) that flights to most international destinations will now resume in late October 2021, which just so happens to coincide with the completion of Australia’s vaccination rollout.
This is also good news for those looking to fly abroad with Joyce having previously stated that people would need to be vaccinated if they wanted to fly.
According to the statement released today, Qantas is ”planning to resume flights to 22 of its 25 pre-COVID international destinations including Los Angeles, London, Singapore and Johannesburg” while Jetstar plans to fly to all thirteen of their international destinations. Prior to this, though, Qantas intends to ramp up flights on their trans-Tasman travel routes from July.
To tempt us into booking our overseas holidays right now, Qantas is allowing unlimited free date changes to flights booked from today until April 2021: ”the flight date can be changed to any available for sale at the time (up to 355 days in advance).”
Qantas is not expecting these flights to be a full as they once were with measures being implemented to adapt frequencies and deploy specific aircraft for the various routes ”in line with the projected recovery of international flying.”
When will the skies above get back to being as busy as they once were? According to Qantas, sometime in 2024.
To find out more about Qantas and Jetstar’s international travel plans, see their website here.