Since Qantas was founded in the Queensland outback in 1920, we’ve been proud to help the communities we serve. From assisting in times of natural disaster to providing an international platform to showcase the best our country has to offer, the Qantas Group continues to make a significant social and economic contribution.
This tradition continued as Australia dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic. Qantas operated hundreds of international repatriation flights on behalf of the Federal Government to bring Australians home from various hotspots including Chennai, Delhi, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Paris and Vancouver, and maintain vital links with Pacific island nations and Timor-Leste.
With the support of the Federal Government, we have also operated thousands of freight flights to assist Australian exporters. These flights have helped to support 130,000 jobs in export industries, delivering more than 18 million kilos of freight to key international markets.
With COVID-related border closures rendering most flights commercially unviable, Qantas and Jetstar also operated domestic flights on behalf of the government. These maintained critical transport links for people and goods – including essential medical supplies.
As Australia recovers from the COVID crisis, the Qantas Group has a significant role to play in reconnecting communities and helping bring the tourism industry back to life. Doing this will, in turn, drive our own recovery and our ability to keep serving regional communities, championing diversity and reconciliation, and promoting the best of Australia to the world.