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Qantas banking on international travel to resume later this year which could trigger big fare sales

Qantas banking on international travel to resume later this year which could trigger big fare sales

Qantas is banking on the Australian Government allowing international travel to resume later this year, and an industry expert has told prospective passengers to get ready for the mother of all fare sales.

Qantas chief Alan Joyce is optimistic the vaccine roll-out and borders reopening will rescue the airline’s bottom line after it sank to a $1.08 billion half-year loss.

“With the vaccine now rolling out to frontline and quarantine workers, the odds of that are improving every day,” Joyce said.

But the key to this strategy is getting bums on plane seats, and The West Australian’s aviation editor Geoffrey Thomas expects the Flying Kangaroo to offer “stupid” prices to do so.

“I think you’re going to see millions and millions of phenomenal fares in the marketplace, going forward, because they need to get people flying again,” Thomas told The West Live.

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He cited the Cathay Pacific fare sale after the SARS pandemic in 2003 as a precedent for what Qantas might do, although he said the Aussie carrier might “quadruple” the number of fares on offer.

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The airline expects travel to New Zealand to increase from July and recommence to other international destinations from late October.

Thomas said Singapore would likely be one of the first international destinations back on the flightpath for Australian travellers, which will come as great news for everyone who has missed the shopping on Orchard Road.

From there, travel to other Asian countries is likely to be established, depending on how well those countries have tackled COVID-19.

But if you think you’re getting on a plane without getting the COVID jab, think again.

“I can promise listeners one thing — when you travel, you’re going to have to have a vaccination, because you’re not getting on a plane without one,” Thomas warned.

“And it’s not up to Alan Joyce to decide it, it’s going to be countries like Singapore, who say, ‘Unless you’re vaccinated you’re not travelling’.”