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Australia Time to start holiday planning! Qantas and Jetstar add 300 more domestic return flights a week as travel restrictions ease

05:50  04 june  2020
05:50  04 june  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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a plane flying in the air: Qantas and Jetstar will be increasing their domestic and regional flight schedules as travel restrictions around the country ease (stock) © Provided by Daily Mail Qantas and Jetstar will be increasing their domestic and regional flight schedules as travel restrictions around the country ease (stock) Qantas and Jetstar will increase domestic and regional flights as travel restrictions around Australia ease.

More than 300 return flights will be added by the end of June. 

By the end of July, the airlines hope to return to 40 per cent of their pre-coronavirus flight frequency.

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Flights impacted the most will be an increase of services to and from Canberra and between Melbourne and Sydney.

There are currently five Qantas flights per week between the two capital cities but by the end of July, there will be 47.

There will be more intra-state flights in Western Australia and Queensland, particularly to places such as Broome and Rockhampton.

a close up of a map: By the end of July the airlines hope to return to 40 per cent of their pre-coronavirus flight frequency © Provided by Daily Mail By the end of July the airlines hope to return to 40 per cent of their pre-coronavirus flight frequency Flights will begin once again between Sydney and Byron Bay after being halted due to coronavirus.

Other routes that will begin once again include Brisbane to Townsville, Moree to Sydney and Melbourne to Newcastle. 

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: 'We know there is a lot of pent up demand for air travel and we are already seeing a big increase in customers booking and planning flights in the weeks and months ahead.'

He said if there is more demand in July they will ramp up flight schedules during the school holidays 

'The one million people who work in tourism around Australia have been really hurting over the past few months. These additional flights are an important first step to help get more people out into communities that rely on tourism and bring a much-needed boost to local businesses,' Mr Joyce said.

'Customers will notice a number of differences when they fly, such as masks and sanitising wipes, and we'll be sending out information before their flight so they know exactly what to expect and have some extra peace of mind.

a large air plane on a runway: Flights impacted the most will be more services to and from Canberra and between Melbourne and Sydney (stock) © Provided by Daily Mail Flights impacted the most will be more services to and from Canberra and between Melbourne and Sydney (stock) 'Importantly, the Australian Government's medical experts have said the risk of contracting Coronavirus on an aircraft is low.' 

There will be a lot of health measures during flights to give passengers peace of mind during the pandemic.

This includes contactless check-in and enhanced cleaning measures.

Masks and hand sanitiser will be given to all customers.

There will be more staff to man these flights but hundreds remain stood down until operations resume to normal levels. 

All customers will be able to change the date of their flight once without paying a fee but bookings need to be made before June 30.

If a flight is canceled the passenger will be put on the next available flight with no additional cost to them. 


WHAT ARE THE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN AUSTRALIA? 

Western Australia

Premier Mark McGowan announced on Thursday that travel restrictions across the state will be eased at 11.59pm on June 5.

This means regional and remote communities such as the Kimberley region can now be accessed.

Interstate travel is still not permitted and people can only enter the state with an exemption.

Northern Territory 

Travel is permitted within the state but some areas are subject to biosecurity laws.

You cannot enter these areas unless you have proof you are an essential remote worker. 

This will be lifted on June 5. 

Anyone arriving in the territory - even domestically - must subject to a 14-day quarantine. 

Queensland 

From June 1 resident can travel anywhere within the state. This includes the far north.

There is still no interstate travel allowed. 

New South Wales

From June 1, travel across the state reopened. 

Caravan parks and holiday homes are allowed to be accessed once again. 

There are no restrictions on leaving or re-entering the state. 

Victoria

Victoria has similar rules in place as New South Wales. 

Australian Capital Territory 

There is no limit on travel within or out of the state. 

Tasmania

You can travel anywhere you need to within the state.

Tasmania was the first state in Australia to close its borders and all non-essential visitors must quarantine upon arrival.

South Australia 

Travel within the state has opened up however some remote communities have chosen to enforce their own borders.

Anyone visiting these communities must quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. 

Anyone entering the state must quarantine as well. 

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