Qantas and Jetstar Add Flights as Borders of Western Australia Set to Reopen
The Group will operate an additional 65 return flights from Perth to Melbourne and Sydney weekly following the decision of the Western Australian Government to ease border restrictions.
On Tuesday (December 1, 2020), Qantas announced that the Group, including Jetstar, will add 65 additional weekly return flights from Perth to Melbourne and Sydney as the Wester Australian Government eases border restrictions. The additional flights will commence on December 14, 2020, increasing frequencies from only nine weekly return flights offered currently. Qantas flights between Perth and Sydney will increase to nearly five times daily, up from around five per week. Additionally, the Qantas Club at Perth Airport will reopen in early December, joining the already opened Business Lounge. In Tuesday’s announcement, Qantas Group’s CEO, Alan Joyce, said,
“New South Wales and Victoria have done such a great job getting the virus under control that it makes complete sense for Western Australia to open the borders to Sydney and Melbourne. This is news that many families and tourism operators have been waiting so long to hear, but they don’t want borders shutting again when there is a temporary spike in one state or another. Australia as a whole needs certainty about state borders staying open, particularly when the testing and tracing framework is now so well established. We continue to our call for a consistent set of rules that apply nationwide.”
Since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Qantas has introduced a comprehensive health and safety program called ‘Fly Well’ to ensure the wellbeing of guests and team members throughout their journey. Additionally, the airline has implemented a new level of booking flexibility, including the ability to move a flight free of charge, so customers can plan their travel with confidence.