Qantas Halts International Flights Until March 2021

Qantas Halts International Flights Until March 2021. Photo: Getty

Qantas has reportedly pulled ticket sales for international flights for the next nine months, halting flight bookings until March 28 next year.



Earlier, in June, Qantas cancelled its international network until October 2020. However, first reported by Executive Traveller, the airline has now decided to halt step new bookings for most international services on its website until late March, 2021.

However, the airline is offering flights onboard its partners. Travellers searching for Qantas flights through to March 28, 2021 are being shown only flights operated by selected partner airlines such as Emirates, British Airways, and Cathay Pacific. 


Qantas has initially cancelled international flights until October.


It is likely that Qantas will start to remove some flights and provide options for passengers, who have booked flights between October and March next year.

If Qantas does cancel these pre-scheduled flights, any passengers booked on these flights can seek either a full refund or a travel voucher valid until Dec. 21, 2022.

Last month Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce forecast that with the exception of New Zealand and some destinations, all international flying would be suspended until the middle of 2021 unless a coronavirus vaccine is released.


Qantas has retired it's aging B747 in favour of 787s and A350s


In a statement, CEO Alan Joyce said:

"We might get trans-Tasman (travel) before then, we may get other nations opening up with bubbles," Joyce said last month, but he doesn't expect the Qantas' international network to restart "in any real size (until) July next year."

"We have to be realistic about it and say with what’s happening in the rest of the globe it is probably an extended period of time" before Australia's borders are thrown open on a pre-pandemic scale, and it would be “years before international flying returns to what it was,” he added.

Australia's Immigration requirement is very strict. Photo: Sam Chui
This decision wouldn’t be surprising, given Australia’s strict immigration requirements. If that schedule sticks, this would make Qantas the only global airline to suspend long haul operations for a year.

Qantas has already retired its last five Boeing 747s immediately, and doesn’t intend to fly A380s for the next three years. They are being sent to Victorville, California in the United States for long-term storage.

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Emirates A380s will return to London Heathrow at first. Photo: @Saeed_AlAli
However, Qantas codeshare partner Emirates Airbus A380's will be making a return to the skies with flights to London Heathrow and Paris, with more destinations added later reviewing load factor starting from 15 July.

However, for domestic flights, things are a little different. Qantas recently offered a big sale on domestic flights, which came with phenomenal results.  

Qantas to ground A380's for three years. Photo: Flickr
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