Australian Border Announcement - Reaction from Qantas CEO
Today, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia's borders would open to all double vaccinated visa holders from 21 February. State-based caps and quarantine requirements would continue as state leaders see fit. We are awaiting further details and will share these when available.
Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce, commented:
“Borders reopening to international tourists means Australia is finally back open for business. It’s a great recognition of the success of the vaccine rollout. We can’t wait to welcome international tourists back on board and fly them to Australia once again.”
“This is fantastic news for our people and our customers. There are a lot tourism operators in city centres and the regions that have been doing it really tough over the past couple of years and this will see more tourists come to their town, spend money and get local economies going again.
“We know there are lots of international tourists who want to come to Australia. There are also a lot of business travellers who will finally be able to be in the same room as their customers or local teams after almost two years apart. This means they can now book to come here with confidence.
“We will be looking at our schedules to see if we can restart flights from more international destinations sooner or add capacity to those routes we are already flying. We have the flexibility to ramp up flights in response to demand.”