Theme parks may have seen a LOT of modifications recently. However, the airline industry has also gotten some huge changes with TSA security screening alterations, PPE vending machines, and non-essential travel restrictions.
Although the travel industry has slowly but surely begun to reopen again, not every airline will begin flying internationally again this year.
According to ABC News Australia, guests who want to visit American theme parks may have to wait until the end of 2021 to do so. Qantas Airlines has stated that it will not be scheduling flights to the United States or the UK for at least another year.
While the chief executive of the company hopes that flights could “potentially” start happening “by the end of 2021,” there are more restrictions in place that dictate the situation. Executive Alan Joyce has stated that “For some of our big destination like the United States and the UK, it’s going to need a vaccine given the high prevalence of the virus in both of those locations.”
Although the US and UK have begun to see an increase in cases recently, Joyce did not that Qantas is “getting more and more confident about the opportunities and the potential for a vaccine in helping getting those operations up by potentially by the end of 2021.” The prediction that Australian flights would begin until next year is due to the fact the company believes it’s “going to take some time to recover international travel back.”
However, Qantas has been moving forward with limited international flights that have helped to bring Australians stuck overseas back home. Currently, the border closures of the country have delayed much of the airline’s re-opening progress. Qantas, along with Jetstar, will be dealing with a further $100 million loss for the first quarter of the financial year with industry restrictions in place.
In the meantime, Australians might be able to visit international theme parks in the near future. Qantas has been keeping its eye on returning to Asian markets, even if it cannot fly to the US and UK for some time. Qantas chairman Richard Goyder has stated, “By early next year, we may find that Korea, Taiwan and various islands in the Pacific are top Qantas destinations while we wait for our core international markets like the US and UK to re-open.”
As the travel industry continues to make changes in the midst of the global pandemic, we’ll be sure to update you on everything you need to know.
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