Qantas Airways’ chief executive officer Alan Joyce revealed to Australian media that the airline’s vaccination policy will be reviewed and unvaccinated individuals will be barred from boarding foreign flights once the country’s borders reopen.
All travelers attempting to board overseas flights will be required to show proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus.
According to Joyce, Qantas Airways intends to fly exclusively vaccinated people, stating that such a rule would give passengers more confidence during their flight. The new rule is set to go into effect in December 2021.
“We believe that everyone should defend himself, but we also have a responsibility to safeguard our coworkers and passengers.
There’s also the need to defend the community “Joyce explained to traveler.com.au.
The Australian flag carrier advised in August 2021 that all of its 22,000 employees who have frequent contact with passengers, including flight crew, cabin crew, and ground handling staff, must be properly vaccinated by November 15, 2021.
The remainder of the employees must receive their final immunization dose by March 31, 2022.
Simultaneously, the airline started a special nationwide immunization program. Vaccinated travelers who participate in the program may be eligible for a prize such as free flights, lodging, or fuel.
The airline hopes that the campaign will persuade more Australians to get vaccinated.