Qantas has canceled all international flights until October apart from those between Australia and New Zealand.
The airline said it planned to schedule some flights to New Zealand in upcoming months without the need for them to undergo a 14-day quarantine period at either end of the journey, under a program being developed by the joint Trans-Tasman Safe Border Group comprised of government agencies, health experts, airports, Qantas and Air New Zealand.
The airline is in the process of advising travel agents as well as passengers booked on affected flights, with the changes soon expected to flow through to the Qantas website.
“Should travel between Australia and other countries open up and demand returns, we can add more flights back into our schedule,”a spokesman of the airline said.
Australian Trade Minister, Simon Birmingham said on Wednesday the government was unlikely to reopen the border to international travellers until next year – but would look to relax entry rules for students and other long-term visitors.
Mr Birmingham said a quarantine rule for returning citizens could be applied to international students and other visitors who plan to stay for a long period of time.
October 24 marks the cut-over to the Northern Winter 2020 airline schedule period as defined by the International Air Transport Association.