Qantas and Jetstar cancelling flights due to COVID-19 case surge

Qantas And Jetstar cancels flights scheduled for the second half of 2022 due to a significant increase in Australia COVID-19 cases.

Qantas advised that it will scale back its planned flights in July, August and September as the expected number of travelers willing to travel has fallen.

The company had planned demand for flights to be 102 percent of levels before the pandemic.

General of Qantas Airbus A380 taking off from runway 34 liters at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport.  Sep 18, 2017, Photo: Wolter Peeters, The Sydney Morning Herald.
Qantas and Jetstar have canceled flights due to the Omicron outbreak across Australia. (Walter Peters)

However, after the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, demand in the third quarter of the year is expected to be at just 70 percent of pre-pandemic levels.

“The sudden rise in COVID cases has a clear impact on consumer behavior across sectors, including travel, but we know it is temporary,” said Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Group.

Projected demand for international travel in the same period has fallen from 30 percent to about 20 percent of pre-COVID levels due to increased travel restrictions in countries such as Japan, Thailand and Indonesia.

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Qantas customers will be contacted directly from late January if their booking is affected by the cancellation and offered alternative flights, potentially a few hours apart for domestic travel.

The company said it will continue to benefit all of its crew despite the cancellation of flights.

Mr. Joyce said the company is optimistic that demand for flights will not take long to return to normal.

“This is a tough time across the community, but we will get through it,” he said.

Due to uncertainty around the COVID-19 coronavirus, Qantas has extended the Fly Flex program, which enables customers to change their travel dates.

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