Qantas suspends most overseas services until October

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The Australian flag-carrier airline, Qantas, has cancelled all international services – except for those to New Zealand – until late October.

The move came after the Australian government said its border would likely remain closed to international travellers, expect perhaps those from New Zealand, into 2021 to impede the spread of the coronavirus.

Some scheduled flights are still operating between Australia and New Zealand and it is expected that a ‘travel bubble’ arrangement will be agreed between the two countries for trans-Tasman Sea services.

Qantas, along with its Jetstar subsidiary, are in the process of increasing the number of domestic flights as the country’s lockdown restrictions are eased.  The country’s tourism minister, Simon Birmingham, has also suggested that Australians should take their holidays within their country this year.