The Gold Coast Bulletin

Qantas puts back OS flights

- GERARD COCKBURN

QANTAS has pushed back its start date for internatio­nal flights and is pinning its hopes on travel bubbles beyond the arrangemen­t in place with New Zealand.

The major airline has been forced to move back its planned resumption of internatio­nal passenger operations from the end of October to the end of December.

The decision is in light of the federal government delaying the anticipate­d timeframe for completion of the vaccine rollout to the end of the year and internatio­nal borders not fully reopening until mid-2022.

“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,” a Qantas spokeswoma­n said.

“We will keep reviewing these plans as we move towards December and circumstan­ces evolve.”

Qantas had begun taking bookings for all internatio­nal flights starting October 31.

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