Increase in bookings – Qantas and Jetstar schedule several flights

FILE PHOTO: Qantas aircraft are seen on the tarmac at Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Australia, November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo

Qantas and Jetstar announced several new international flights on Friday, to start from November in light of increased bookings from Australians, and one of their most popular destinations was Fiji.

The airline said it had experienced an increase of 200 per cent in bookings for its Jetstar flights following the Government’s announcement of the reopening of borders on November 11.

“Qantas flights will be brought forward to December 7, 2021, from December 19, 2021,” a Qantas statement read.

“Four return flights a week will be operated by 737 aircraft. “Jetstar flights to Fiji will resume on December 17, 2021.”

Qantas Group chief executive officer Alan Joyce said Australians were keen to get overseas and visit friends and family or have a long-awaited holiday.

“So bringing forward the restart of flights to these popular international destinations will give customers even more options to travel this summer,” Mr Joyce said.

“We’ve said for months that the key factor in ramping up international flying would be the quarantine requirement.

“The decision by the New South Wales Government to join many cities from around the world by removing quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers means we’re able to add these flights from Sydney much earlier than we would have otherwise.

“We hope that as vaccination rates in other states and territories increase, we’ll be able to restart more international flights out of their capital cities.

“In the meantime, Sydney is our gateway to the rest of the world.”

Meanwhile, Fiji’s Health Ministry outlined its international travel requirements — fully vaccinated Fijian passport holders would be able to travel to Fiji from November 11, while vaccinated foreign visitors would be allowed in from December 1.

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