300 more return flights per week! That’s the number of reinstated services that Qantas and Jetstar will soon operate due to pent-up demand.
The 40 per cent capacity increase is expected to happen by the end of July, subject to the reopening of state borders.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce says the airlines are already seeing sufficient growth in customers booking and planning flights for the weeks and months ahead.
“We can quickly ramp up flying in time for the July school holidays if border restrictions have eased more by then. Normally, we plan our capacity months in advance, but in the current climate we need to be flexible to respond to changing restrictions and demand levels,” says Joyce.
The increase in flights also means that some of the 25,000 employees that were stood down will now be able to return to work.
Qantas and Jetstar are working hard to introduce the new COVID-19 health and safety policies. While the Australian Government’s medical experts have advised that the risk of contracting coronavirus on an aircraft is low, changes are being made to provide peace of mind for passengers. These include being given masks and sanitising wipes and Qantas will send pre-flight information so people know what to expect at check in, boarding and on the aircraft.
Details of the additional flights include:
- – More services on capital city routes, particularly Melbourne-Sydney and a number of routes to-and-from Canberra.
- – Increased intra-state flights for Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. Broome, Cairns and Rockhampton to see a significant boost in weekly flights.
- – Flights will resume on eight routes not currently being operated.
- – Qantas to commence flights from Sydney to Byron Bay (Ballina), after the route launch was postponed due to the Coronavirus.
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