Airlines stand by to resume UK- Australia flights from December

Flag carrier Qantas is remaining bullish on travel between the UK and Australia resuming before the end of the year.

The airline is standing by plans to resume flights to Britain from mid-December, along with routes to Fiji, Singapore, the United States, Canada and Japan. This is in line with the lifting of Australia’s ban on overseas travel, which was due to end on September 17 but has been pushed back three months.

“With vaccinations continuing to roll out across Australia, we are getting ready to reunite our customers with their family, friends, colleagues and favourite destinations around the globe,” read an email to its customers.

This follows news that Britain is rushing 4 million Pfizer doses to Australia, where authorities are scrambling to bolster supplies of the Covid-19 vaccine and protect the population against a rapidly spreading outbreak of the delta variant.

“Some people might say we’re being too optimistic, but based on the pace of the vaccine rollout, this is within reach and we want to make sure we’re ready,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. Currently, over 12.3 million people in Australia (60 per cent of the population) have been given their first dose of a vaccine, while 35 per cent are now double jabbed.

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