Qantas and Jetstar officials have announced they will begin slowly reopening domestic air routes across Australia throughout June, as coronavirus travel restrictions around the country begin to gradually ease.
"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", chief executive Alan Joyce said.
Both airlines are set to increase their service capacity from the 5% pre-pandemic level maintained throughout the national shutdown measures, up to 15% by July 1st.
Qantas provided a state-by-state state breakdown of the group's domestic and regional schedule, which can be viewed here.
For Qantas, eased restrictions and opening businesses could see a number of its 25,000 stood down employees return to work. The changes include optional masks on board for passengers, hand sanitising stations installed at departure gates and enhanced aircraft cleaning between flights. The increase in intrastate flights to Mildura ensures the northwestern corner of the state and the Murray Region are easily accessible for the domestic travel market, and offers a fantastic nature-based holiday for many Australian families keen to experience the outdoors after several months of being cooped up inside. "Further flights will be added in July, in time for the school holidays, as states open their borders".
Pending the success of the government's three-step plan, Qantas said it was in a position to return to 40% capacity by the end of July, but would remain flexible to adjust to rebounding demand.
It will also increase intra-state flights for Western Australia, Queensland, NSW and South Australia.
The airline will boost services on capital city routes, particularly Melbourne-Sydney and a number of routes to and from Canberra. Broome, Cairns and Rockhampton to see a significant boost in weekly flights.
Qantas and Jetstar are gearing up to resume taking people all across Australia from this month.
To provide customers with greater flexibility and confidence when they book, all Qantas and Jetstar domestic customers can change the date of their flight once, without paying a change fee. Bookings need to be made before 30 June 2020, for travel between 12 June and 31 October 2020.