No jab no fly says Qantas boss

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has said all Qantas passengers on international flights will have to prove they have been vaccinated before boarding.

Joyce made the comments on Nine’s A Current Affair, adding that compulsory vaccination might also be compulsory for Qantas passengers on domestic flights as well.

“We are looking at changing the terms and conditions to say for international travellers that we will ask people to have the vaccination before they get on the aircraft,” Joyce said.

“Will you need that domestically? We’ll have to see what happens with COVID-19 and the market.

“But certainly for international visitors coming out and people leaving the country, we think that’s a necessity.”

Joyce said he hopes to see a return of international travel in the second half of next year.

“Our base plan is that we will probably get a significant amount of international operations up in the next financial year, which is between July and June,” he said.

Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham also said that overseas travel would hinge on a successful vaccination program, hinting that international travel could resume in the first half of 2021 if the current trials are successful.

“It’s not impossible and I would like to see some success in terms of the development of the vaccine,” he told Sky News.

“The first half of the year might be challenging but let’s just see how we go in terms of how we quickly we can secure, distribute, get that take up in relations to vaccines.”