Qantas will resume international travel in October 2021.

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After reporting a loss of $ 1.03 billion, Qantas Airways said it would resume international travel only in October 2021, not in July, as originally planned.

On February 25, 2021, the largest Australian carrier announced that it had suffered a half-yearly net loss of $ 1.03 billion. While many domestic routes in Australia are just reopening, most international flights are canceled or suspended due to restrictions.

According to the CEO Qantas, Alan Joyce, about 7500 employees of the airline risk losing their jobs due to losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qantas Airways has said it will resume international travel in October 2021, not in July, as originally planned.

Qantas aims to restore 60% of pre-COVID domestic capacity by September and 80% by the end of 2021. The major Australian airlines, Qantas, Virgin Australia and Rex Airlines, are currently fighting for customers on domestic routes.

To compete with other airlines, Qantas has lowered prices on the Sydney-Melbourne route and introduced a "Flexible Fly" policy that allows passengers to change their flight date indefinitely until January 2022.

In early 2020, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce announced plans to impose compulsory vaccination for international passengers, once the vaccine will be widely available, saying such measurements would be a necessity.

Qantas currently operates limited international flights, mainly to repatriation of Australian citizens left abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic. The only passengers allowed to enter Australia are those who have been in New Zealand for more than 14 days, according to the Australian Department of Health.

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