After a nearly year-long suspension of international flight services, QANTAS is reopening travel bookings for international flights departing after July 1.
First reported on Executive Traveller, travelers will be able to book flights with the Australian-based airline to cities in the US and London. Flights will also be open to Asian destinations such as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.
The airline's opening of reservations was earlier planned in March 2021, but was moved to July in anticipation of when the COVID-19 vaccines will be available. While the rest of its international network remains suspended, Qantas has been operating flights to/from New Zealand.
Australian Government Response
While Qantas eyes a return of international flights, the Australian government added there is no guarantee the travel plans can push through given Australia's current travel restrictions.
In a report on the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia's Deputy Prime Minister and Transport Minister Michael McCormack stated that international border restrictions will be fully open once COVID-19 is no longer a public health risk. McCormack added: "Decisions about when international travel resumes will be made by the Australian government."
At present, Australian citizens are currently banned from leaving the country unless they receive an exemption such in the case of business or on compassionate grounds.
With Qantas' anticipated international network resumptions coming, the airline is expected to rely on its Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Airbus A330s.
The more fuel efficient 787 and A330s will be operating routes previously done by the larger A380s, which the 12 A380s on Qantas' fleet have been grounded and stored until at least 2023.