Qantas is planning on reopening flights between Melbourne and Sydney a month earlier than anticipated based on the latest advice around borders. Initially slated for December 1, Qantas is now expected to resume flights between Australia’s two largest cities on November 5.
Australia’s Trade Minister, Dan Tehan, has stated that fully vaccinated Australians will be able to travel overseas without any limitations by Christmas.
Qantas will temporarily reroute its Perth to London service until at least April 2022 due to the Western Australia border closure.
Update August 2021:
Qantas has announced their first destinations for when Australian borders reopen, and International travel returns. Singapore, the United States, Japan, United Kingdom and Canada are some of the first countries that Australians can expect to travel to before Christmas.
The plan, to launch in mid-December if vaccination targets are hit, will focus on countries with high vaccination rates and low cases, with higher risk countries to be added to the agenda from April 2022.
“The prospect of flying overseas might feel a long way off, especially with New South Wales and Victoria in lockdown, but the current pace of the vaccine rollout means we should have a lot more freedom in a few months’ time,” Qantas chief executive officer Alan Joyce said.
Update June 2021:
The federal government released its budget this week, and have made forecasts based on international borders with Australian re-opening in 2022.
In light of that news, Qantas has update their timeline for when they expect to resume international flights. Original October 31 was the date earmarked when we could hit the skies again and travel COVID-safe.
Now, Qantas has released a statement announced that they expect to resume international flights in late-December 2021. So you’re saying there’s a chance?
“We remain optimistic that additional bubbles will open, once Australia’s vaccine rollout is complete, to countries who, by then, are in a similar position, but it’s difficult to predict which ones at this stage,” Qantas said in a statement.
“This planning assumption will allow the Qantas Group – and Australia – to be ready to take advantage of pockets of tourism and trade opportunity as they emerge in a post-COVID world.
“We will keep reviewing these plans as we move towards December and circumstances evolve.”
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International travel—is back.
Today, Qantas has announced that they will be delaying the return of international flights, now expected in October instead of the previously announced July.
The majority of Qantas international flights will resume on October 31, with flights to London, Los Angeles, and Singapore expected from that date.
Flights to New Zealand, however, are expected to start increasing in volume from July as the trans-Tasman travel bubble details are worked out.
In addition to Qantas, it has been announced that Jetstar will also resume international flights from October 31.
At this stage Qantas expects its entire international network won’t be fully back in the skies until 2024.
Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.
Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.
You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.
As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.