The Qantas Group has announced its latest financial year results for the July 2020 to June 2021 period, with a stark but not unexpected loss of AU$2.35 billion, a slightly better performance than the AU$2.7 billion recorded the previous year.
In a bullish stance the airline also made a separate announcement regarding its plans to restart international flights, on the basis of the Australian Government’s phased reopening strategy.
December 2021 “in sight”
The recently increased pace of Australia’s vaccine rollout and the nation’s plan for a progressive reopening of international borders has given Qantas confidence to pen a December 2021 target for restarting selected international services.
“December 2021 remains in reach, based on [the] pace of vaccine rollout”Qantas
Australia has a four-phase reopening plan, and fully vaccinated residents will have no restrictions on outbound international travel, nor will any arrival caps apply to them on their return, in Phase C.
This will be triggered once the country achieves 80% full vaccination among adults aged 16 or over, a milestone that should be reached in late November 2021.