The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the travel industry, causing airlines to drastically downsize and limit flights in order to survive. Due to this, Qantas has removed all international flights from its inventory until March 2021, with the exception of a few New Zealand-bound routes. While this is not a strict cancellation yet, removing flights from a schedule and halting the ability to book chartered routes almost always leads to suspension. The expectation is that the Australian carrier’s international flights will be officially canceled in the coming days.
“We have to position ourselves for several years where revenues will be much lower and that means becoming a smaller airline in the short term,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce told 7News.
At the moment, all of Qantas’ international flights, with some New Zealand exceptions, are canceled until October 2020. Qantas has also grounded its A380 fleet of double-decker planes used for long-haul trips for the next three years.
Australia is one of the countries that responded quickly and decisively to the pandemic. As of today, all nonessential travel has been restricted and all incoming nationals need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.