Qantas has stated that due to Australia’s current rapid vaccine rollout, both international and domestic borders will be open by December 2021.
According to the airline’s forecasts, Australia is on track to attain 80% immunization in its adult population by December, easing both state and international border restrictions.
However, Qantas stated that the international re-opening will be “gradual,” with an emphasis on low-risk nations first, including those with high vaccination uptake, such as the United Kingdom, the United States, and portions of Asia.
Qantas and Jetstar will resume international flights between Australia and low-risk destinations like as Singapore, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Fiji beginning in mid-December.
The airline is also resuming services between Australia and New Zealand, with a December resumption of the currently suspended trans-Tasman travel bubble.
Meanwhile, Qantas has delayed its return to higher-risk locations like Bali, Bangkok, Manila, and Johannesburg until April 2022.
“Travel demand – and thus capacity levels – will be heavily influenced by government choices on alternative requirements to obligatory hotel isolation for fully vaccinated travellers,” Qantas said.