On the back of confirmation that services will be underwritten by the federal government, both Qantas and Virgin Australia have announced the commencement of minimal domestic schedules.
Both airlines’ minimal schedules commence on Friday 17 April, and at this stage are expected to operate for a period of eight weeks, until 07 June 2020.
The government-underwritten flights will transport passengers and keep important freight corridors open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re delighted to see these services take to the sky again. It’s a positive step in the right direction for an otherwise grounded industry.”
The Travel Authority Group’s CEO, Peter Hosper.
In a statement, Virgin Australia said, “The minimal domestic schedule will enable Virgin Australia to reinstate some of its stood down flight, cabin and ground crew, along with other operational team members.”
- Virgin Australia’s minimal schedule will operate 64 return services each week between Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth.
- Qantas and Jetstar’s flights will increase from 105 per week currently to 164 per week to all capital cities and 36 regional destinations around the country.
Describing its services, Qantas said that, “While the risk of contracting Coronavirus on board an aircraft is regarded as low, social distancing has been put in place across all flights. Similarly, on-board service will be a scaled back version of what would normally apply, with cabin crew focused on in-flight safety and they will wear personal protective equipment.”
The Travel Authority Group will continue to monitor and report on updated airline schedules as they are announced.
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