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Qantas Delays Restarting Overseas Flights Until Late December

  • Only international route now is New Zealand in travel bubble
  • The Covid-19 vaccination rate has faltered in Australia
Grounded Quantas Aircraft at Brisbane Airport as Airlines Expected to Lose Over $84 Billion This Year
Photographer: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg

Qantas Airways Ltd. pushed back the restart of international flights because of delays to Australia’s vaccination program and indications from the government that it will keep borders mostly closed until mid-2022.

The Sydney-based airline aims to open its overseas network from late December rather than the end of October, it said in a statement Wednesday. It will rely on a domestic travel boom and potential air-travel bubbles to underpin a recovery in the meantime.