Qantas and Jetstar have extended their
domestic and Trans-Tasman flight cancellations to the end of June
2020, whilst international flight cancellations have been extended
through to end-July 2020.
The Qantas Group is currently operating around 5% of its pre-COVID19
domestic passenger network and around 1% of its international network on an Available Seat Kilometre
On a flying hours basis, which includes charters for the
resources sector at 75% of pre-COVID19 levels and
passenger aircraft flying as freighters, the Group is operating
13% of its domestic network and 6% of
The initial easing of government restrictions
suggests some domestic travel may start to return before the end
of July – though the airline admits that demand levels are hard to predict.
current stand down of employees has also been extended until at
least the end of June.
Qantas has said that customers with bookings
impacted by these latest cancellations for June and July will be contacted
directly and offered alternatives.
Customers with bookings made through travel agents
or third party websites will need to contact them directly.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said, “Our ability to
withstand this crisis and its aftermath is only possible because
we’re tapping into a balance sheet that has taken years to build. Australia has done an amazing job of flattening
the curve and we’re optimistic that domestic travel will start
returning earlier than first thought, but we clearly won’t be back
to pre-coronavirus levels anytime soon. With the possible
exception of New Zealand, international travel demand could take
years to return to what it was.”