Australian airlines to start domestic flights as restrictions ease

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Australian flag carrier Qantas and its low-cost budget airline Jetstar were resuming domestic and regional flights in June and July as travel restrictions have begun to ease across the country.

Qantas announced on Thursday that over 300 return flights would be back in operation by the end of June, a rise of 10 percent of pre-coronavirus levels, reports Xinhua news agency.

Additional flights will likely operate during July looking at the travel demand and further relaxation of state borders.

To ensure a secure environment at airports and onboard aircraft, Qantas and Jetstar will have a variety of measures in place from June 12, including contact-less check-in, enhanced cleaning, also free masks, and sanitizing wipes for all passengers.

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“The 1 million people who work in tourism around Australia are really hurting over the past few months,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said.

“These additional flights are an important initiative to help get more people out into communities that rely on tourism and convey a much-needed boost to local businesses.”

Qantas cut down 20,000 staff in late March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As flight capacity increases, both airlines will need more employees to support these services, but the majority of the group’s employees will remain unemployed.

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