/ 13 May 2021

Budget pain over clipped wings

Qantas has delayed the relaunch of its international routes (except for Kiwiland…) after Tuesday night’s Budget revealed the Morrison Government’s working under the assumption that the border will not open until mid-next year. The airline had slated 31 October to restart overseas flights – that’s now been put back until 20 December. “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 spokesman said. The tourism sector was one of the loudest critics of the Budget yesterday, calling for more support and certainty about timelines. Speaking of critics… Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese will deliver his address in reply tonight.

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