Qantas reopens ticket sales for international flights from July

Qantas reopens ticket sales for international flights from July

Meanwhile, flights from Australia to some Asian countries such as Singapore, Japan, and Hong Kong have been rescheduled from March to 1 July to give more time for safe travel bridges to be created. The UK and the USA are experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases, with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing a nation-wide lockdown until at least mid-February.

Sales had been suspended until October this year, after the airline giant's chief executive Alan Joyce said it was unlikely global travel would go ahead at all this year.

Currently, Qantas is serving limited global flights, mainly to repatriate Australian citizens stuck overseas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qantas, Australia's largest airline, has reportedly brought forward the sale of worldwide flight ticket by two months as there are emerging expectations that global travel would start sooner than projected.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.

McCormack, who is also Minister for Transport, announced that the Australian Government, not Qantas, would decide when global travel would resume, once it was no longer posed as a risk to public health.

"We continue to review and update our worldwide schedule in response to the developing COVID-19 situation", they said, noting global flying will remain subject to vaccine roll outs and borders reopening.

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"International borders will be opened when global arrivals do not pose a risk to Australians", McCormack added.

He added that the Australian Government is working on travel arrangements with countries, such as New Zealand, that have low community infections.

Qantas had already started selling some worldwide flights to Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore from March.

"But we are getting more and more confident about the opportunities and the potential for a vaccine in helping getting those operations up potentially by the end of 2021".

Although countries including Singapore, China, Israel, the United States and the United Kingdom have started vaccinating their populations, Australia is yet to authorise a Covid jab.

The Australian government is yet to comment on whether mandatory hotel quarantine protocols will be lifted, even if recreational global travel resumes.

'We also have a lot of fix work to do on our balance sheet from the extra debt we've taken on to get through the past nine months'.

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