“With Australia’s borders remaining closed for some time, we canceled most international flights until late October,” Qantas said in a statement on Thursday.
A Qantas spokesman noted that the country’s Minister of Tourism, Simon Birmingham, recently said that Australia’s international borders with most countries are unlikely to be reopened until 2021.
There is one possible exception: New Zealand, Australia’s neighbor across the Tasman Sea. The politicians discussed the possibility of creating a travel corridor between the two countries – although nothing has been officially agreed yet. Currently, anyone traveling between the two countries is subject to a two-week quarantine. With a few exceptions, non-residents of either country are prohibited from traveling on these routes.
Qantas said she still had “some flights” scheduled between the two countries “in the coming months.”
“If travel between Australia and other countries is open and a return request is required, we can add more flights to our schedule,” the airline added.
Although Qantas cancels most of its international flights, a airline spokesman told CNN Business that it was still seeing an increasing demand for travel within Australia as domestic restrictions were slowly lifted. The number of domestic Qantas Group domestic passengers has doubled this week to 64,000.
– Julia Hollingsworth contributed to this report.