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Qantas plan to restart international flights from the end of 2021 – just in time for Christmas

  • Airline is on track to start overseas flights from December in time for Christmas
  • Plans to bring back overseas flights once 80 per cent of Australia is vaccinated
  • Australia likely to reach milestone in December triggering re-opening of borders
  • First routes to restart will be to places with high vaccination rates such as the UK


Qantas is on track to restart international flights from December 2021 – just in time for Australia’s Christmas travel rush.

The airline announced on Thursday it plans to gradually bring back overseas flights once 80 per cent of the Australian population is vaccinated against Covid-19.

Qantas said it expects the country to reach that target in December – triggering the re-opening of international borders as part of ‘Phase C’ of the federal government’s path out of the pandemic.

The first available travel routes will be to destinations with high vaccination rates including North America, the UK, Singapore and Japan, a Qantas spokesman said.

Qantas is on track to restart international flights from the end of 2021, the airline announced on Thursday morning. Pictured a Qantas plane at Sydney International Airport on August 3

Those routes will be serviced by Boeing 787s, Airbus A330s, 737s and A320s for flights to Fiji.

The airline said flights to cities with low vaccination rates and high Covid-19 case numbers will not restart until at least April 2022.

Those destinations include Bali, Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City and Johannesburg.

Qantas said it also plans to restart flights between Australia and New Zealand from mid-December 2021 as long as the trans-Tasman bubble has been re-opened by that date.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern closed the bubble on July 23 following outbreaks of the virus in NSW and Victoria.

Qantas boss Alan Joyce. The airline said it expected to gradually bring back overseas flights once 80 per cent of the Australian population is vaccinated against Covid-19

Qantas boss Alan Joyce. The airline said it expected to gradually bring back overseas flights once 80 per cent of the Australian population is vaccinated against Covid-19

The announcement follows the airline revealing plans to make Covid vaccinations mandatory for all its employees.

Frontline staff including cabin crew, pilots and airport workers numbering approximately 2000 employees will have until November 15 to get jabbed, while the 20,0000 remaining workers have until March 31 next year.

The airline announced the decision for mandatory vaccinations was made ‘as part of the national carrier’s commitment to safety’.

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