The Gold Coast Bulletin
Qantas puts back OS flights
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.