Qantas grounds international flights until at least October

Qantas has cancelled all international flights until late October, with hopes of a trans-Tasman route by the end of the year in serious doubt.

The decision comes after federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said Australia’s border for overseas travel would likely reopen next year. Qantas signalled flights could resume if travel between Australia and other countries opened up, reports news.com.au.

“With Australia’s borders set to remain closed for some time, we have cancelled most international flights until late October,” a Qantas spokesperson said in a statement to AAP early on Thursday.

“We still have some flights scheduled across the Tasman in the coming months, with the expected travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand.

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