Two of the major airlines based out of Australia have reduced their flight operators for the coming months in light of reduced demand for travel and other restrictions. Qantas expects that the domestic capacity for the March 2022 quarter would be at 70% of the pre-COVID levels against the expected 102%.
As per a TTRWeekly report, the airlines will be making changes to the schedule so that the number of flights and aircraft can be reduced. The international capacity of Qantas would go down to 20% from 30% of the pre-COVID levels.
International travel reduction is following the restrictions that have been put up by other nations such as Indonesia, Thailand, and more. Jetstar is also being impacted due to the international restrictions by other nations.
If the customers have already booked their flights, the airlines will contact the customers who will be affected due to the changes that are being made.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “The sudden uptick in Covid-19 cases is having a noticeable impact on consumer behaviour across various sectors, including travel, but we know it’s temporary.”
“We have the flexibility to add capacity back if demand improves earlier than expected, but 70% still represents a lot of domestic flying, and it’s a quantum improvement on the levels we faced only a few months ago,” Joyce added.