According to the latest contents of the federal budget on opening the border, Qantas was forced to hastily change the reopening date of its international flights from the end of October to the end of December on the 12th.
Australia's international border will remain closed until the middle of 2022, the federal government announced in a shocking way, anz.com reported on the 12th. All normal overseas flights will not resume until mid-2022, according to a document containing stern warnings. However, Qantas has previously said that it will restart overseas flights from October 31 this year.
As early as a few months ago, Qantas had expected to resume international travel in the middle of 2021, so it adjusted the go around schedule of overseas flights to October this year to match Australia's vaccine promotion plan. However, under the assumption of the latest federal budget, the Australian border will not be reopened in the middle of this year. As a result, many airlines and tourism agencies have been forced to reset their plans.
It is reported that the budget document reads: "by the middle of 2022, inbound and outbound international travel is expected to maintain a low level, and then the international tourism industry will gradually recover." Qantas also announced on the 12th that it would postpone its international passenger service, which was originally scheduled to resume at the end of October, to the end of December. Qantas wrote in a statement: "we are still optimistic that once Australia fully approaches vaccination, it will establish travel bubbles with more countries, but it is difficult to predict which countries will have travel bubbles at this stage. However, as time goes on and the environment develops, we will continue to consider these plans. "
In addition, Qantas said in a statement that although the budget forced it to adjust its international flight plan from the end of October 2021 to the end of December 2021, it would continue to focus on domestic routes. Qantas also said that all trans Tasman flights will not be affected by the revision of overseas flight plans（ (compiled by Wei Wei)