Qantas delays restart of international flights

Qantas plans to restart international flights in October have hit a hurdle following yesterday’s Federal Budget announcement that international borders will not open until mid-2022 at least.

Qantas has now pushed back its plans for the resumption of international flights from the end of October to late December. This delay has not affected flights to New Zealand, with the quarantine travel bubble in full swing.

“We remain optimistic that additional bubbles will open once Australia’s vaccine rollout is complete, to countries who, by then, are in a similar position, but it’s difficult to predict which ones at this stage,” Qantas said.

“In the meantime, the Qantas Group will continue to provide critical repatriation and freight flights overseas, and support the recovery of travel at home.”

Qantas has been selling tickets for overseas travel from October but said “international booking levels were relatively low” and it would contact those passengers affected directly.