Hint that overseas holidays could start again in just six months as Qantas launches international flight bookings from July
- International travel could be back on the cards for Australians by July 2021
- Airline has opened up bookings to the United Kingdom and the United States
- Qantas is advertising flights from July 2021y, likely for vaccinated people
Qantas has advertised international flights for July 2021, indicating that long-haul travel could be an option for Australians sooner than expected.
The Australian airline has opened up bookings to the United Kingdom and the United States.
Both routes were previously off the cards until at least October 2021.
A Qantas spokesperson earlier told Executive Traveller that the airline hopes international travel to most destinations will resume by July 1.
‘We continue to review and update our international schedule in response to the developing COVID-19 situation,’ the spokesman said.
Qantas has advertised international flights for July 2021, indicating that international travel could be an option for Australians sooner than expected
Qantas’ only regular international route at the moment is between New Zealand and Australia.
In October 2020, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said long haul international flights would likely only be an option for people who had chosen to take the Covid vaccine.
‘But we are getting more and more confident about the opportunities and the potential for a vaccine in helping getting those operations up by potentially by the end of 202,’ he said.
He indicated there may be exceptions made for certain ‘travel bubble’ destinations.
Overseas travel outside of Australia has been banned for all but essential reasons since March 20, 2020, meaning it would have been more than a year since most Australians had the opportunity to recreationally fly by the time borders begin reopening.
More to come.