The company released its half-year financial results on Wednesday and included the confirmation that it has a plan to restore international flights by the fall. That applies to both Qantas itself and to Jetstar, the lower-priced carrier also owned by the company. The airline also intends to ramp up trans-Tasman flights to New Zealand by July.
The autumn date was chosen as the airline believes it will dovetail with Australia’s country-wide Covid-19 vaccination efforts.
Fewer planes will run on each route, and fewer passengers will be on each plane.
Not surprisingly, Qantas has taken a financial hit since the pandemic began last year.
According to the airline, international travel is not expected to fully recover until 2024.