Qantas has started its first passenger trial of a digital “vaccine passport” system which it says will be necessary for overseas travel when Australia’s international border reopens.
Reporter for The Age
Qantas has reopened ticket sales across its international network from July 1 in a sign the airline is optimistic COVID-19 vaccines will do the trick.
Passengers connecting through to Australia will have to remain in the aircraft on the ground in Singapore and will be segregated from other passengers on board.
With various travel restrictions now imposed for those wanting to travel interstate out of NSW here is what the airlines are saying if you need to cancel flights.
Regional Express says its low cost model will help it break Qantas and Virgin Australia's stranglehold over the domestic aviation market.
Qantas will permanently close its service and sales desks at all airports and lounges, leaving passengers to deal with cancellations and last-minute booking changes at kiosks, online or through a call centre.
'I never got to experience Air New Zealand in anything but a crisis,' says Foran in his first major interview with an Australian publication.
Qantas and Jetstar will make mask use mandatory for passengers on all flights to and from Melbourne and say the policy could extend to other routes.
Simon Birmingham has buoyed hopes Australians will be able to fly to New Zealand again by September if the coronavirus flare-up in Victoria is brought under control.
The consumer watchdog has raised concerns that Qantas may have encouraged customers to cancel bookings in order to receive a flight credit when many would have been entitled to a refund.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says the airline needs to offer cut-price airfares to get people flying again and to put the brakes on its $40 million weekly cash burn.
Qantas is preparing to scale up its domestic flying from its current 5 per cent of pre-pandemic levels to 40 per cent by the end of July, pending the reopening of state borders.
A travel industry group working to establish a 'Trans-Tasman bubble' says it will present a plan to both governments early next month and eyes flights resuming as early as September.
Sydney Airport boss Geoff Culbert says opening state borders in time for the July school holidays offers the only chance for many tourism operators to survive.
Qantas will temporarily ban dog breeds prone to breathing problems from its flights, and will then only allow boxers, bulldogs and pugs on board if a vet says they are safe to fly.