Qantas is hoping to have more than half of its flight schedule in the air by Christmas as long as the plans to open up borders by the end of the year stay on track.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said they “have optimism that the travel will be there domestically.”
“That could be a big boom for domestic travel and then we are optimistic that with a vaccine, that we can start seeing international coming back and maybe even before the vaccine is fully rolled out, we could see bubbles to various markets like New Zealand, like Japan, like Korea, like Taiwan, which we’d be very interested in operating,” he said.
However, his optimistic outlook was expressed just prior to the recent Covid outbreak in Adelaide which has seen most states close their borders with South Australia.
Joyce’s hopes for a rebound in domestic travel came as the carrier celebrated its 100-year anniversary.
Sydney has commemorated the national carrier’s centenary by lighting up the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a larger-than-life birthday cake complete with illuminated candles that were blown out by a Qantas 787 as it did a low level overfly at 1,500 feet.
“Sydney has benefited immensely from 100 successful years of business for Qantas – from bringing visitors to the state and boosting our visitor economy to providing local jobs,” Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said.
“What better way to mark such an important milestone for Qantas than with a celebration in the city it has chosen as its headquarters for the last 82 years involving another much-loved Sydney icon, the Harbour Bridge.”