As travel restrictions start to ease across the country, Qantas and Jetstar will increase their domestic and regional flying for June and July.
The additional services will see capacity increase from 5 per cent of pre-Coronavirus levels to 15 per cent by the end of June, equating to more than 300 return flights per week.
Additional flights will likely operate during July depending on travel demand and further relaxation of state borders, with the ability to increase to up to 40 per cent of the Group’s pre-crisis domestic capacity by the end of July.
Details of the additional flights include:
- More services on capital city routes particularly Melbourne-Sydney and a number of routes to-and-from Canberra.
- Increased intra-state flights for Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. Broome, Cairns and Rockhampton to see a significant boost in weekly flights.
- Flights will resume on eight routes not currently being operated.
- Qantas to commence flights from Sydney to Byron Bay (Ballina), after the route launch was postponed due to the Coronavirus.
A state by state breakdown of the Group’s domestic and regional schedule can be viewed here.
As part of the Group’s ‘Fly Well’ program, Qantas and Jetstar will have a range of measures in place from 12 June 2020 to ensure a safe environment at airports and onboard aircraft and to give customers further peace of mind.
This includes contactless check-in, enhanced cleaning, and masks and sanitising wipes provided to all customers.
As a result of the additional flying, both airlines will be standing up more employees to operate and support these services.
However, given the Group network remains significantly below pre-Coronavirus levels, the majority of Qantas Group employees will remain stood down.
“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,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.
“The one million people who work in tourism around Australia have been really hurting over the past few months. These additional flights are an important first step to help get more people out into communities that rely on tourism and bring a much-needed boost to local businesses,” said Joyce.
In-line with public health advice, anyone with cold and flu like symptoms should stay at home.