Virgin Australia’s chief executive, Jayne Hrdlicka, has said that the airline expects to be flying to some overseas destinations by Christmas as the country’s vaccine rollout speeds up.
She said: “We get the domestic borders open and we test and learn with international borders.
“I don’t know what we are waiting for – if we’re 75 per cent vaccinated, we should be getting Australia open and allowing loved ones to reconnect, allowing Australians to get back to a way of life that we have cherished for a long time and worked hard to earn the right for.”
Ms Hrdlicka emphasised that vaccination was Australia’s route out of severe restrictions.
“Vaccination is our way back to the things we love and the people we miss, and most importantly, it’s the only way we can protect the lives and livelihoods of all Australians.
“We are all in this together and the sooner we are vaccinated to the thresholds required by government, the sooner we can return to a quality way of life that includes travelling freely within our own country and abroad,” she added.
The government has hinted that travel restrictions will ease when 80 per cent of the population are fully vaccinated. So far this figure is 34.4 per cent.