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TD breaking news – Qantas announces major restart plans

All Qantas and Jetstar staff to return to work, new Delhi route and A380s to re-enter service in April. 

Qantas has just released details of an accelerated return to service, bringing forward the restart of more international flights from Sydney and announcing the introduction of non-stop services to India.

Two A380s will return to flying earlier than planned, with QF also in discusion with Boeing about accelerating the delivery of three brand new 787s which have been in storage for most of the pandemic.

The ramp-up follows confirmation from the Federal and NSW Governments that international borders will reopen from 01 November, and the NSW decision to remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated arrivals, which significantly increases travel demand.

All Qantas and Jetstar workers based in Australia and New Zealand who are currently stood down will return to work by early December.

An updated international schedule will see Sydney-Delhi flights debut on 06 December with three return A330 frequencies per week, building to daily by the end of the year. Flight from Sydney to Singapore will resume on 23 November, a month earlier than scheduled, while Qantas flights to Fiji will be brought forward to 07 December.

Qantas will also resume Sydney-Johannesburg on 05 January, Sydney-Bangkok on 14 January and Jetstar’s Sydney-Phuket flights will resume on 12 January.

QF Group CEO Alan Joyce said the rapid vaccination rollout had enabled the carrier’s planes and people to get back to work much earlier than expected.

“This is the best news we’ve had in almost two years and it will make a massive difference to thousands of our people who finally get to fly again,” he said.

More details in today’s issue of Travel Daily.

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Qantas gives vax guidance

QANTAS will shortly provide customers with details of certified laboratories for pre-departure COVID-19 tests, confirming that any testing required before travel will be at the customer’s expense.

Both outbound and incoming passengers must also be fully vaccinated with a “TGA-approved and recognised COVID-19 vaccine,” the carrier confirmed.

The update was part of a document released yesterday, detailing QF’s requirements for international travel in the lead up to the resumption of flights.

The first QF commercial services are now scheduled to resume from Sydney to Los Angeles and London effective 01 Nov, “for Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families including parents”.

The FAQ document confirms that anyone booked to travel to or from Australia on a Qantas aircraft must be fully vaccinated at the time of travel, with the exception of kids aged under 12 or those with a valid exemption.

“Customers may be required to return a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test prior to departure and/or book tests ahead of departure to be taken following arrival at their destination, depending on the destination they are travelling to.

“Customers should check the requirements of their destination well before their travel date and ensure they comply with the test requirements of that destination,” the carrier warned.

On the day of travel customers will be required to carry proof of vaccination (or exemption), with Qantas confirming it was working to facilitate the use of the IATA Travel Pass for customers to provide an easy and secure way to share this information with the airline prior to travel.

If a customer arrives at the airport and cannot provide proof of vaccination (or exemption) they are not eligible to fly.

Customers with exemptions must apply to have this verified by Qantas at least seven days before departure, and will also be required to return a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to travel.

QF said its vax requirements for international travel would be reviewed by 01 Feb 2022, while further details of quarantine requirements for vaccinated arrivals into NSW are expected to be released in the coming days.

The full document is available for download at qantas.com.

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New insurance role for Fleming

REBECCA Fleming, who has been looking after the Australian travel industry’s insurance needs for almost 20 years with Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers, has been appointed as Manager, Tourism and Travel at Lockton Australia.

Lockton is the largest privately held insurance broker in the world, with the Australian business expanding its reach into the travel sector through Fleming’s appointment.

The highly respected Fleming is well-known across the industry through long involvement with a range of organisations including the Council of Australian Tour Operators and Skal Sydney.

She told TD she was excited to join Lockton, “where I can work with a huge variety of travel companies to solve complex risk management problems”.

“I never imagined how much of an impact the travel industry would have on me,” she said, with a passion for providing specialised advice and “out of the box” solutions for the diverse companies and associations only growing stronger over the decades of her involvement.

Fleming said she was eager to supply travel and tourism sector organisations with tailored advice, with her long experience seeing her previously look after the Australian operations of cruise companies, airlines, home-based networks, corporate travel companies and the majority of Australian travel agency buying groups and associations, as well as tour operators and large tour wholesaling businesses.

She can be contacted on rebecca.fleming@au.lockton.com.

More industry appointments on page five of today’s Travel Daily.

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NSW biz events turbocharged

NEW South Wales’ tourism & events industry’s recovery has been turbocharged, as the visitor economy bounces back with a more than $350 million investment in reviving events across the state.

Part of the Government of NSW’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan, the tourism & events recovery package includes $150 million to support the recovery of major event activity, $50 million for a Regional Events Package to support major rural events, festivals, and agricultural shows, and $60 million for an Aviation Attraction Fund to incentivise international airlines to recommence flights to Sydney.

There is also $50 million for downtown Sydney’s Revitalisation Program to support events and activations; $25 million for the Festival Relaunch package to stabilise established commercial and not-for-profit festivals; $6 million to bring business events back to Sydney, and much more.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet (pictured) said the package would supercharge the businesses and attractions that contribute $38 billion to New South Wales’ economy.

“More than 300,000 people rely on our tourism industry and our aim is to reclaim our position as one of the world’s favourite destinations,” Perrottet said.

Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said the much-needed investment will help revive shuttered businesses and bring tourism providers back to their vibrant best.

“[The pandemic] was a one in one hundred year event which severely damaged our tourism industry; operators barely hung in there as they lost bookings, customers and staff,” Ayres explained.

“Now as we rebuild we can do so with confidence.

“For our visitor economy to reach its full potential we need event owners to dream big, airlines to fly in and for locals and visitors to embrace our world class venues and hospitality with enthusiasm once again.”

Treasurer Matt Kean added the Government wants to give the events sector the confidence to get back to business.

The investment was well-received by ICC Sydney Chief Executive Geoff Donaghy, who noted the advocacy of the members of the Sydney Business Events Coalition across various government bodies, ministerial offices, aligned association groups and all tiers of government had not gone unheard.

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Cathay back at SYD

CATHAY Pacific has announced its flights from Sydney to Hong Kong will operate at full capacity effective 01 Nov, following the announcement by NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet that fully vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families will no longer require quarantine in the state.

The carrier has been operating at heavily reduced capacity since Mar 2020, but will now boost availability across 10 weekly Sydney departures for eligible travellers.

Cathay noted that unvaccinated citizens and permanent residents may also continue to travel, however Government entry caps will continue to apply, along with compulsory arrival quarantine requirements for passengers who have not been immunised.

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TIME invitation

THE Travel Industry Mentor Experience (TIME) has issued an open invitation for the industry to virtually attend a graduation ceremony for intakes 39, 40 and 41 next Wed 27 Oct at 1730 AEDT.

The milestone gathering will also feature guest speaker Katrina Barry from The Travel Corporation – to register CLICK HERE.

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Royal World Cruise

ROYAL Caribbean overnight announced its first ever world cruise, a 274-night odyssey aboard Serenade of the Seas taking in 60 countries.

Scheduled to depart from Miami on 10 Dec 2023, the cruise will feature four segments: a 64-night “Americas & Antarctica” sector; an 87 night “Wonders of Asia & the Pacific” voyage taking in Australia and Asia; 63 nights on the “Middle East Treasures & Marvels of the Med” cruise; and the final “Capitals of Culture” segment taking in Northern Europe and the Atlantic.

For more info CLICK HERE.

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