Qantas to scrap mask mandates on some international flights following health recommendation


Qantas is planning to lift its mandatory mask requirements on some international flights following news that mask mandates in airport terminals will be lifted from Saturday.

The routes are expected to include those to the US, UK and Europe. Masks will remain mandatory on domestic services though.

The announcement follows a recommendation by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.

“Global studies show the risk of transmission inside aircraft cabins is very low due to the air being refreshed every few minutes, in addition to forward facing seats and HEPA filters which capture 99 per cent of airborne particles,” Qantas said in a statement.

“The Qantas Group intends to soon update our onboard mask policy for international flights to align with the rules at the destination.”

Air travellers may need to wear a mask on some parts of their journey but not another as mask mandates are still different in each country

“We’ll continue to make masks available on board all our flights and appreciate that some customers may wish to continue wearing them for the duration of their journey regardless of the international rules that apply,” Qantas said.