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Qantas Raises Hopes With Plans To Fly To Major International Destinations By December

Qantas has revealed it expects to be able to resume international travel by Christmas, with Singapore, the UK, Japan, the USA and Canada among the first destinations to be on the map.

The airline said its plan was linked to the re-opening of international borders, which is due to happen when Australia reaches 80% of the eligible population being fully vaccinated.

Qantas made the announcement this morning in a statement where it revealed it had made a $2.3 billion loss before tax.

Under the plan, destinations with high vaccine rates and low COVID risk Under the plan outlined today, destinations with high vaccination rates and low Covid risks, such as the UK, North America and parts of Asia, would be Qantas’ first priority for international travel, with current projections for mid- December 2021 “in-reach”.

However, riskier destinations will not be open until April 2022 and include Bali, Phuket, Bangkok, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City and Johannesburg.

“The prospect of flying overseas might feel a long way off, especially with New South Wales and Victoria in lockdown, but the current pace of the vaccine rollout means we should have a lot more freedom in a few months’ time,” Qantas chief executive officer Alan Joyce said.