Qantas boss predicts international travel to stay at a 'standstill'

Font Size:

Despite the United Kingdom approving the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 and starting distribution this week, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce believes international travel will remain at a ‘standstill’ until at least July 2021.

In a Qantas market update, Mr Joyce explained that he didn’t expect international travel to improve until a significant portion of the world’s population had been vaccinated for the coronavirus.

“International travel is likely to be at a virtual standstill until at least July next year and it will take years to fully recover,” Mr Joyce said. “Overall, we’re optimistic about the recovery but we’re also cautious given the various unknowns.”

Mr Joyce explained that the enthusiasm for domestic travel, once border restrictions were lifted around the country, showed that there was significant demand for people to get travelling again.

“There’s been a rush of bookings as each border restriction lifted, showing that there’s plenty of latent travel demand,” he said.

“Between Qantas and Jetstar, there were over 200,000 fares sold for flights to Queensland in 72 hours after the border openings with Sydney and Victoria were announced.

“We’re also seeing people booking several months in advance, which reflects more confidence than we’ve seen for some time.”

The market update explains while the progress on vaccines is helpful, it is still basing assumptions on no material international travel until the end of June 2021, although it does explain that there could be an increase in trans-Tasman flying to and from New Zealand.

Last month, Mr Joyce made international headlines when he revealed having had a vaccination shot would be a requirement of travelling with Qantas when one became available.

“We are looking at changing our terms and conditions, to say for international, that we will ask people to have a vaccination before getting on the aircraft,” Mr Joyce confirmed.

“We think for international visitors coming out, and people leaving the country, we think that’s a necessity.”

When do you expect international travel to restart?

If you enjoy our content, don’t keep it to yourself. Share our free eNews with your friends and encourage them to sign up.

Join YourLifeChoices today
and get this free eBook!

By joining YourLifeChoices you consent that you have read and agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy


Qantas turns 100

A monumental birthday for the world's safest airline.

Vouchers to visit regional Victoria

Victorian government announces plan to entice travel to the state's regions.

Written by Ben


Total Comments: 0



    continue reading

    Living in retirement

    The emotional aspects of moving house in retirement

    In his four years as a retirement coach, Jon Glass has been helping older Australians navigate the emotional facets of...


    Small bedroom tips to maximise space and style

    For many of us, house space is a fiercely contested commodity, and you need to squeeze the most out of...


    Aussies much more willing to be vaccinated than Americans

    The United States has had nearly as many COVID-19 cases as Australia has people. More than 400,000 have died of...


    Goldie Hawn at 75: The Hollywood star's fashion and beauty evolution

    Goldie Hawn, one of Hollywood's most beloved stars, is famous as much for her acting talents as she is for...


    US still reels from the deadly consequences of 'alternative facts'

    Jennifer S. Hunt, Australian National University Every four years on January 20, the US exercises a key tenet of democratic...


    Tennis stars call Australian Open quarantine 'insane' and like prison

    Entitled, pampered, whingers. Elite sports professionals victims of the greatest overreaction to COVID-19 in the world. Those are the poles...

    Finance News

    RBA reveals why retirees have to bear the brunt of low interest rates

    The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) knows that the negative consequences of low interest rates disproportionately affect retirees, but believes...


    Blood pressure medication helps even the frailest seniors live longer

    Taking blood pressure medication as prescribed helps seniors aged 65 and over people live longer. And the healthiest older people...