Qantas and Jetstar are pleased to help form part of the minimum domestic and regional network supported by the Australian Government.
This will see the number of passenger flights we operate increase from 105 per week currently to 164 per week to all capital cities and 36 regional destinations.
While travel restrictions mean most passenger flights are not commercially viable at the moment, there remains a need for some essential travel – particularly given the distances between most Australian cities.
These flights will also provide critical freight capacity, which has fallen significantly as commercial air networks have shrunk. Much of the bellyspace on these flights will be used for mail and other urgent shipments, including medical equipment.
The temporary regional network focuses on towns that are more than two hours’ drive from key transport hubs.
The Qantas Group appreciates the support the Federal Government has provided to the Australian aviation industry through the minimum domestic and international networks, the $715 million rebate package and, more broadly, JobKeeper.
Importantly these additional services will see more planes in the air and ensure communities stay connected and assist with the movement of critical freight around the country.
While the risk of contracting Coronavirus onboard an aircraft is regarded as low, social distancing has been put in place across all flights.
Similarly, onboard service will be a scaled back version of what would normally apply, with cabin crew focused on inflight safety and they will wear personal protective equipment. On behalf of the Qantas Group, we sincerely thank our crew for their willingness to make these important flights possible.
Fares can be booked as normal via Travel Agents, Qantas.com and Jetstar.com. Customers are reminded that various quarantine restrictions apply across states and territories.
Services will be operated by a mix of Airbus A320s and A330s, Boeing 737s and Dash 8 turboprops.
The domestic and regional networks operated by Qantas, QantasLink and Jetstar are in addition to a small number of international flights (operated by Qantas) and ongoing operations by Qantas Freight as part of the national carrier’s role in maintaining critical transport links.
|Destination||Scheduled return services per week
|Region||Destination||Scheduled return services per week|
|New South Wales||Alice Springs-Sydney||2|
|Lord Howe Island-Sydney||1|
|Northern Territory||Alice Springs-Darwin||2|
|South Australia||Adelaide-Kangaroo Island||2|
|Destination||Scheduled return services per week|
Temporary inflight and airport service changes
Due to the reduction in travel demand and government restrictions we have temporarily changed some of our services. This includes the closure of all lounges, meeting rooms and valet parking.