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Qantas is on track to restart international flights from December 2021 – just in time for Australia’s Christmas travel rush.
The airline announced on Thursday it expected to gradually bring back overseas flights once 80 per cent of the Australian population is vaccinated against Covid-19.
At that point, the country would reach ‘Phase C’ of the federal government’s path out of the pandemic – triggering the re-opening of international borders.
The first available travel routes will be to destinations with high vaccination rates including North America, the UK, Singapore and Japan, a Qantas spokesman said.
Qantas is on track to restart international flights from the end of 2021, the airline announced on Thursday morning. Pictured a Qantas plane at Sydney International Airport on August 3
The airline said flights to cities with low vaccination rates and high Covid-19 case numbers will not restart until at least April 2022.
Those destinations include Bali, Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City and Johannesburg.
Qantas said it also plans to restart flights between Australia and New Zealand from mid-December 2021 as long as the trans-Tasman bubble has been re-opened by that date.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern closed the bubble on July 23 following outbreaks of the virus in NSW and Victoria.
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