The holiday season – usually when travel demand is at its peak – is fast approaching. Qantas and its low-cost subsidiary, Jetstar officially announced the flight schedule leading up to Christmas. Both carriers plan to operate more than 250 weekly flights from Sydney to serve seven routes, starting 1 December 2020.
“Based on the demand we’re seeing already, Queenslanders can expect to welcome a lot more visitors in the next few months. We can’t wait to see a repeat of the heartwarming scenes in Melbourne and Sydney this week with families reuniting after months apart, this time in Queensland,” Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said. “ Australia as a whole needs certainty about state borders staying open, particularly when the testing and tracing framework is now so well established. We renew our calls for a consistent set of rules that apply nationwide.”
The Queensland government is gradually lifting border restrictions. Thus, both carriers intend to operate more than 1200 extra flights. These new flights to Queensland – Australia’s Sunshine State – will be from New South Wales and Victoria.
“On behalf of tourism operators across all three states, we thank the Queensland Government and Premier Palaszczuk,” Joyce added.“New South Wales and Victoria have done such a great job getting the virus under control that it makes complete sense to open the borders to Sydney and Melbourne.”
Qantas and Jetstar also plan to operate more than 160 weekly flights from Melbourne effective 1 December 2020. The Queensland government has yet to finalize the approval for the flight schedule from Melbourne – one of Qantas’ major hubs.
Qantas’ Recent, Major Milestone
Qantas recently celebrated its centenary celebration as Australia’s flag carrier. Its domestic flight resumptions will solidify its reputation in the country. Additionally, the flight resumptions will allow the carrier to directly compete with its major foe, Virgin Australia.
Virgin Australia has also announced its holiday flight schedule and welcomed its new CEO, Jayne Hrdlicka. Meanwhile,Qantas also recently required that all passengers on its international flights must be vaccinated. However, its extensive flight resumption for domestic routes will allow the airline to stay afloat and increase domestic travel.
While Australia’s flag carrier and its low-cost subsidiary rapidly increase flights, their operations will be a key player in how they recover for the post-COVID 19 airline industry.