Qantas prepares to restart 40 per cent of domestic flying by end of July
Qantas has scheduled flights equivalent to 40 per cent of its normal network by the end of July but will cancel some of those flights if there is not the expected level of bookings or if state borders remain closed. Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory are yet to open their borders for interstate travel by non-residents.
“We know there is a lot of pent-up demand for air travel and we are already seeing a big increase in customers booking and planning flights in the weeks and months ahead,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said in a statement.
“We can quickly ramp up flying in time for the July school holidays if border restrictions have eased more by then. Normally, we plan our capacity months in advance but in the current climate we need to be flexible to respond to changing restrictions and demand levels.”
Qantas has developed measures to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission on flights, including contactless check-in, more rigorous cleaning and offering masks and sanitising wipes to all passengers.
Social distancing will not be enforced on board and, unlike at some airlines, wearing a mask is not compulsory.
In an effort to give people the confidence to plan travel despite not knowing when state borders will reopen, Qantas is allowing customers more flexibility than usual to change their bookings.