A former Qantas executive has revealed the order in which he believes different types of air passengers will get back to travelling internationally on a regular basis.
And one group of avid travellers could be waiting for up to a year longer before they begin hopping around the globe again. That could be as late as 2023, which is bad news for airlines.
Simon Hickey spent 11 years in senior positions in the national carrier including running Qantas’ international division.
He said he expected international travel to “rebound strongly” when borders finally reopened.
Now chief executive officer of the under-construction Western Sydney Airport, Mr Hickey defended the $7 billion project and said despite the huge reduction in air travel due to the pandemic he still expected it to become “Australia’s largest gateway airport”.
Currently, international air travel into and out of Australia is extremely limited. The only international air routes with no restrictions are those to and from New Zealand.
Qantas had hoped international flights could restart from late October. However, the slow rollout of vaccines in could throw a spanner in the works of that plan…