The government’s suggestion that we could be travelling overseas by Christmas has been dismissed as “naive”, by an airline source, as international carriers seek clarity on Australia’s quarantine and testing requirements, vaccine passports and more.
Repatriating Aussies stranded overseas will likely make up the bulk of Australian business for international carriers in the near future, a “stepping stone” to an eventual uptick in inbound and outbound flights “in several months time”, the Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) which represents some 33 airlines, said.
“[P]eople are awestruck and everyone is so excited to go overseas again and thinks they’ll be going anywhere they want in 2022 – but that is just so naive”, an airline source told the Guardian.
For airlines to sell new tickets to Australia beyond current arrival caps amid uncertainty surrounding how many passengers they are permitted to carry, how those passengers’ vaccination status’ will be checked, or how they will quarantine is “simply an unworkable proposition”, BARA said.
The Board wants to know rules for aircrews, whether a negative pre-departure test is required to enter, how vaccine status’ will be policed…all crucial things to allow the scheduling of flights in a world of COVID-19, BARA executive director Barry Abrams told the Guardian.
“To be an airline scheduling flights to Australia now is taking on all of the risk from the government’s lack of clarity,” he said.
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