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Qantas, Jetstar Increase Routes

Qantas, Jetstar Increase Routes
June 04
17:24 2020

LONDON – As Australian Coronavirus travel restrictions start to ease, Qantas (QF) and JetStar (JQ) announced that they will start to increase their number of domestic and regional flights for June and July.

These additional services will see capacity increase from five percent of pre-Coronavirus levels to 15% by the end of June. This is equivalent to more than 300 more return flights per week.

It is expected that additional flights will likely operate during July. However, this depends on travel demand and the further relaxation of state border lockdowns. It is estimated that the group has the ability to increase up to 40% of their pre-crisis domestic capacity by the end of July.

Additional Flight Details


The addition of these new flights will lead to more services on capital city routes, increased intra-state flights, the reintroduction of eight routes and the launch of QF’s new route from Sydney (SYD) to Byron Bay (QYN), which was postponed due to Coronavirus.

The complete increased domestic network can be found in the table below.

As part of Qantas and Jetstar’s Fly Well program, both airlines will have a range of measures in place from June 12. These measures are designed to ensure a safe environment and to give customers extra peace of mind. The measures include contactless check-in, enhanced cleaning, and masks and sanitising wipes provided to all customers.

Additionally. due to the increase in flights, both airlines will be standing up an increased number of employees to be able to operate the new network. However, given the improvement, the group’s network is still significantly smaller than pre-Coronavirus levels and therefore the majority of employees will remain stood down.

Alan Joyce – Qantas Group CEO

Comments from the Group Chief Executive Officer


Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer, Alan Joyce, acknowledged the increase in both demand and bookings seen by the group.

Mr Joyce said that the group is gradually adding flights in June as the demand increased. The CEO also stated that the group could “ramp up flying in time for the July school holidays” provided that restrictions had been eased more.

According to Mr Joyce, the additional flights introduced by the group “are an important first step to help get more people out into communities that rely on tourism and bring a much-needed boost to local businesses.”

It was also added that customer will notice some differences when they fly such as the introduction of masks and sanitising wipes and that information will be sent out before flights so customers know what to expect and for “some extra peace of mind.”

Reassuringly, Mr Joyce added that “the Australian Government’s medical experts have said the risk of contracting Coronavirus on an aircraft is low.”

141021: Publicity shoot for Foxtel/Qantas. Picture by Belinda Pratten

Advice for Customers


To give passengers some added flexibility and confidence, Qantas Group has announced the following measures about booking a flight.

All domestic passengers can change the date of their flight once without having to pay a fee. Customers will, however, have to cover any fare increase (if relevant) for the new flight.

If the airline cancels the flight, passengers will be rebooked on the next available flight at no additional cost. Alternatively, passengers can choose a flight credit or a refund.

More information on this can be found on either the Qantas or Jetstar website.


AirlineRouteCurrent weekly return flightsWeekly return flights by end of June
QFSydney-Melbourne546
JQSydney-Melbourne721
QFSydney-Brisbane521
JQSydney-Brisbane79
QFMelbourne-Brisbane414
JQMelbourne-Brisbane35
QFMelbourne-Perth77
QFPerth-Sydney77
QFAdelaide-Melbourne03
JQAdelaide-Sydney77
QFDarwin-Alice Springs-Sydney22
QFDarwin-Brisbane22
QFCanberra-Sydney519
QFCanberra-Melbourne516
QFCanberra-Brisbane510
JQHobart-Melbourne77
QFLaunceston-Melbourne23
QFMelbourne-Mildura26
QFAdelaide-Port Lincoln26
QFAdelaide-Kingscote23
QFAdelaide-Whyalla23
QFAlbury-Sydney26
QFArmidale-Sydney23
QFSydney-Ballina Byron Bay04
JQSydney-Ballina Byron Bay24
JQMelbourne-Ballina Byron Bay03
QFCoffs Harbour-Sydney2 (via Port Macquarie)6 (direct)
QFDubbo-Sydney26
QFLord Howe Island-Sydney11
QFMoree-Sydney03
QFPort Macquarie-Sydney2 (via Coffs Harbour)6 (direct)
QFSydney-Tamworth26
QFSydney-Wagga Wagga26
JQMelbourne-Newcastle03
QFPerth-Newman210
QFKarratha-Perth29
QFPerth-Port Hedland2 (via Paraburdoo)9 (direct)
QFBroome-Perth27
QFKalgoorlie-Perth25
QFGeraldton-Perth23
QFLearmonth (Exmouth)-Perth23
QFParaburdoo-Perth2 (via Port Hedland)2 (direct)
QFBrisbane-Cairns06
JQBrisbane-Cairns23
QFBrisbane-Townsville06
JQBrisbane-Townsville23
QFBrisbane-Emerald26
QFBrisbane-Gladstone27
QFBrisbane-Hervey Bay03
QFBrisbane-Longreach33
QFBrisbane-Mackay310
QFBrisbane-Moranbah39
QFBrisbane-Mount Isa25
QFBrisbane-Rockhampton311
QFBrisbane-Roma44
JQBrisbane-Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine)03
QFCairns-Horn Island23
QFCairns-Townsville68
QFCairns-Weipa23
QFCharleville-Roma22
QFMackay-Rockhampton25
QFMackay-Townsville35
QFTownsville-Cloncurry-Mount Isa33
Qantas Group’s Increased Domestic Network
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