Qantas and Jetstar have announced 300 more domestic flights each week for June and July as travel restrictions begin to ease.
Qantas, which owns Jetstar, said in a statement on Thursday if there was more demand in July it could provide even more than the extra 300 flights.
CEO Alan Joyce said “there is a lot of pent up demand for air travel”.
“We are gradually adding flights in June as demand levels increase, which will go from five per cent of pre-crisis levels currently to 15 per cent by late June,” Mr Joyce said.
“We can quickly ramp up flying in time for the July school holidays if border restrictions have eased more by then. Normally, we plan our capacity months in advance, but in the current climate we need to be flexible to respond to changing restrictions and demand levels.”
Additional flights offered by Qantas and Jetstar
More routes between capital cities such as Melbourne to Sydney, and more flights in and out of Canberra.
More intrastate flights for Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. Broome, Cairns and Rockhampton to see a significant boost in weekly flights.
Flights to be offered from Byron Bay to Sydney as initially planned by Qantas before the pandemic.
Flights will resume on eight routes not in operation.
Most states and territories have their borders closed.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has stood firmly on keeping the Sunshine State’s borders shut to stop the spread of COVID-19.
However, some people can still cross the state border for purposes such as education.
Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory also have their borders shut too.
WA residents will be able to visit Rottnest Island again from Saturday after travel to it was closed.
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