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Flights to Australia will resume in December

Qantas aims to restart flights to and from Britain in mid-December, as part of plans related to the deployment of the Covid vaccine in Australia and to several of the airline’s main destinations.

The carrier’s initial focus, pending Australian government acceptance, will be on countries with high vaccination rates, including the United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, Canada and the United States, the company said. air in a press release.

The Australian government has drawn up a plan to begin the gradual reopening of international borders once the country reaches an 80% vaccination rate, which is expected to be reached in December.

Flights to countries with low vaccination rates are expected to be delayed until next April, including Indonesia, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam, Qantas said.

Qantas has said its ability to fly nonstop between Australia and London is expected to be in high demand after Covid.

The airline said it was investigating the use of Darwin as a transit point, instead of its existing Perth hub, due to strict border control policies in Western Australia amid the pandemic.

“The prospect of flying overseas may seem distant, especially with New South Wales and Victoria on lockdown, but the current pace of vaccine rollout means we should have a lot more freedom in a few months.” , said the head of the Qantas group. said executive Alan Joyce.

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