Qantas has announced the first expansion of flights since the pandemic began

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Qantas has announced the first expansion of flights since the pandemic hit, with more staff returning to work. Australia's airlines have been on life-support, relying on taxpayer money to keep planes in the air. Now that the funding is about to end, some routes may cease without it.Sydney Airport's work is continuing, with Airfield Operation Supervisor Nigel Coghlan saying its business as usual for them. The route between Sydney and Melbourne normally has 160 flights a day before the pandemic but that plunged to just 12 flights a day in April. Sydney Airport has gone from nearly 440 flights a day to 50. Qantas is now increasing flights between Sydney and Melbourne by 15% by the end of June. Both Virgin Australia and Qantas are talking to the Government about extending taxpayer funds. Interviewees: Nigel Coghlan, airfield operations supervisor; Prof Greg Bamber, Monash University; Federal Transport Minister Michael McCormack, who says they're reviewing things with the airline sector. 

Period4 Jun 2020

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  • TitleQantas has announced the first expansion of flights since the pandemic began
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletABC TV 7pm National News; also in each State version
    Media typeTelevision
    Duration/Length/Size2 mins, 33 secs
    CountryAustralia
    Date4/06/20
    DescriptionQantas has announced the first expansion of flights since the pandemic hit, with more staff returning to work. Australian airlines have been relying on taxpayer money to keep flying. Sydney Airport's work is continuing, with Airfield Operation Supervisor Nigel Coghlan saying its business as usual for them. The route between Sydney and Melbourne normally has 160 flights a day before the pandemic but that plunged to just 12 flights a day in April. Sydney Airport has gone from nearly 440 flights a day to 50. Qantas is now increasing flights between Sydney and Melbourne by 15% by the end of June. Both Virgin Australia and Qantas are talking to the Government about extending taxpayer funds. Federal Transport Minister Michael McCormack says they're reviewing things with the airline sector. Interviewees: Nigel Coghlan, airfield operations supervisor; Prof Greg Bamber, Monash University.
    Producer/AuthorCasey Briggs
    URLhttps://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-05/qantas-domestic-travel-taxpayer-routes-covid-19-pandemic-economy/12323244?section=business&nw=0
    PersonsGreg Bamber

Keywords

  • Qantas
  • aviation
  • COVID-19
  • Virgin Australia
  • government support