MIAMI – Cold shower for Qantas (QF). The Australian Federal Government has revised its options on a significant border re-opening, delaying it to the middle of 2022 in view of its vaccine program completion by end of 2021.

As a consequence, QF is revising its plans for the resumption of international flights from the end of October to late December 2021. While the Trans Tasman bubble will not be affected, QF remains optimistic that international travel may resume by creating new travel bubbles with countries that have a similar vaccine rollout situation.

Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZNJ – Photo : Nick Sheeder/Airways

The carrier cannot predict what countries a resumption of flight to will be possible. QF is continuing to review the situation to take full advantage of pockets of tourism and trade, whenever these become available, with the assumption that the world will hopefully get rid of the Covid pandemic.

Qantas is continuing to operate international repatriation and freight flights and supporting domestic travel which is an important componeent of the QF Group recovery.

Featured image: Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VH-ZND – Photo: Aidan Pullino/Airways