There’s been good results lately from Australia’s management of COVID-19 and reduction in community transmission. As a result, many border restrictions are starting to ease.
The most recent travel restriction updates include:
- – Queensland has opened borders to NSW, excluding Greater Sydney for now.
- – Tasmania now allows residents of New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory and the ACT to enter without quarantining.
- – Western Australia has announced that from 14 November it will introduce a controlled interstate border. This permits travellers from “low risk” states and territories to travel into WA without having to quarantine. This currently includes travellers from South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.
- – New South Wales has confirmed that its border with Victoria will reopen on 23 November.
Demand for flights has risen quickly and airlines are increasing domestic services as a result of people being able to travel more freely.
Virgin Australia has announced that from 23 November, the carrier will move to operate four return services per day between Sydney-Melbourne. Frequency will progressively increase ahead of the Christmas Holidays.
By Christmas, Virgin Australia will have more than 20,000 seats per week available for booking between Sydney-Melbourne. Customers from Victoria will also be able to connect to regional NSW destinations such as Ballina Byron and Coffs Harbour.
Virgin Australia will also bring forward the reintroduction of four-times weekly services between Melbourne and Newcastle, from 15 December to 24 November when the border reopens.
With the ACT Government expected to follow New South Wales, Virgin Australia has increased frequencies between Melbourne-Canberra to four-times weekly from 23 November.
Qantas has also been quick to increase flights across the country, including new services for Tasmania. The airline intends to launch a new route between Sydney and Launceston in time for the summer holidays and re-start flights from Hobart to Sydney.
Beginning 4 December, Qantas will operate three return services per week between Sydney and Launceston with its Boeing 717 aircraft. This is expected to increase to four return services from the following week onwards until 1 February.
It’s encouraging to see the airlines responding to the demand and increasing the ability for companies to do business. If you have any queries or needed assistance with your travel plans, please don’t hesitate to contact your CBT team.