Qantas has postponed scheduled resumption of international flights for several months until the end of the year, based on the Australian government’s recently revised Covid-19 vaccine rollout schedule.
The carrier now plans to resume international flights at the end of December, when the government expects it to complete the rollout of the vaccine in the country. Qantas formerly was aimed at the end of October resume service. The government is currently planning a larger opening of Australia’s borders in mid-2022, but for now, Qantas plans to “take advantage of travel and shopping opportunities as they emerge,” according to the carrier.
“We remain optimistic that additional bubbles will open for countries that are in a similar position after the vaccine rollout in Australia is completed, but it is difficult to predict which ones at this stage,” the statement said.
Qantas is reaching out to travelers who have already booked international travel outside New Zealand for dates between October 31 and December 19, although the carrier noted that there were very few such bookings due to “recent levels of uncertainty.” The delay will not affect service to New Zealand, which is being covered by the trans-Tasmanian travel bubble, which will continue to operate despite the recent temporary hiatus in travel from Sydney.
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