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Wed, 11 November 2020

Qantas and Jetstar to Operate Thousands of Flights to Melbourne and Regional Victoria

Qantas has announced that it will operate thousands of flights to and from Melbourne and regional Victoria over summer following the New South Wales Governments decision to open its borders.

From 23 November, Qantas and Jetstar will operate more than 250 flights per week across five routes, offering travellers 48,000 seats between the two states. This compares with just ten return flights per week operating between Melbourne and Sydney (the only route currently operating between NSW and VIC).

The flights will see the Qantas Groups overall domestic capacity increase from around 30 per cent per cent of pre-COVID levels to just under 40 per cent from late November, with more aircraft woken up and more employees returning to work to support the additional flying.

Qantas has announced that it will operate thousands of flights to and from Melbourne and regional Victoria over summer following the New South Wales Governments decision to open its borders. Click to enlarge.

Andrew David, Qantas Domestic & International CEO, said, This is fantastic news. Weve added thousands more flights back into our schedule which will see Melbourne-Sydney once again become the busiest air route in Australia. November 23 will be a day many people will now be looking forward to. Its exciting for the family and friends who can finally be reunited after months apart. Its also great for businesses, and great for getting more of our planes in the air and more of our people back to work. Pre-COVID, Melbourne-Sydney was the busiest air route in Australia and the second busiest in the world. On a busy day, Qantas and Jetstar would operate more than 100 flights per day between New South Wales and Victoria. During the lockdown, our schedule reduced to as low as one flight a day.

When you consider the social and economic impact of border closures, weve always said things should open up as soon as its safe to do so. New South Wales has led the way in taking a sensible, risk-based approach to borders thats supported by what is probably one of the best contact tracing programs in the world. Its great to see New South Wales and Victoria working together on what is a national issue. Queensland and Western Australia are unfortunately taking a different approach, which doesnt seem based on a realistic assessment of risk.

The airline has said that more flights will be added if there is sufficient demand.

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