Shepparton News

Qantas flights back by Feb

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SYDNEY: Qantas boss Alan Joyce expects the group will regain pre-pandemic domestic capacity by January as more states and territorie­s allow visitors.

Mr Joyce on Thursday gave more details of plans to increase f light numbers as Australia betters controls the coronaviru­s with a vaccinated population.

‘‘It looks like by Christmas we will have every state open except for Western Australia, and Western Australia will open up domestical­ly hopefully early in the new year, we assume around February,’’ he told a Flight Centre Travel Group conference.

Qantas has one daily f light from Sydney to Melbourne as the latter city endures its last day of lockdown. There were 55 daily Qantas f lights from Sydney to Melbourne before the pandemic.

Mr Joyce said the figure would climb to almost 15 in the first week of November.

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