/ 16 September 2021

International flights on sale but in short supply

Image source: AFP
Qantas planes sit idle at Melbourne Airport on August 26, 2021 as Australian airline Qantas posted more than 1 billion USD in annual losses, after what it described as a "diabolical" year caused by pandemic travel restrictions. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Aussies yesterday snapped up plane tickets to London, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Singapore after Qantas opened up bookings for its first commercial international flights in forever. The first flights are scheduled to take off from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on 18 December. Flights to Tokyo, Fiji and Hawaii are set to resume in the days following. Of course, it’s all dependent on the Federal Government lifting the international travel ban once an 80% vaccination target has been reached. At a time when a trip further than 5km from their home seems exotic for many Aussies, it’s little wonder that foreign airlines warn they might not be able to meet demand. That’s mainly driven by a lack of certainty over plans to raise incoming passenger caps, which means there will likely be a delay in scheduling flights.

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