Qantas, Jetstar set to ramp up domestic flights

As travel restrictions start to ease across the country, Qantas and Jetstar will increase their domestic and regional flying.

By David Flynn, June 4 2020
Qantas, Jetstar set to ramp up domestic flights

Qantas and Jetstar are beginning to put some meat back onto the bones of their current skeleton schedule as travel restrictions ease, scaling up from a current 5% of pre-coronavirus capacity to 15 per cent by the end of June – about 300 return flights per week – to 40% by the end of July.

However, both airlines remain eager to see the borders of Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania swing open again – especially as the July school holidays draw near.

“We know there is a lot of pent up demand for air travel and we are already seeing a big increase in customers booking and planning flights in the weeks and months ahead,” notes Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.

“We are gradually adding flights in June as demand levels increase (and) we can quickly ramp up flying in time for the July school holidays if border restrictions have eased more by then."

The combined schedules will fatten up the Sydney-Melbourne corridor – usually one of the world's busiest domestic airline routes – along with increased intra-state flights within New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

Flights will resume on eight routes which have been suspended, while the coronavirus-delayed launch of  Qantas flights from Sydney to Byron Bay /Ballina is back on the cards.

More flights to more destinations as the Qantas/Jetstar network bounces back.
More flights to more destinations as the Qantas/Jetstar network bounces back.

However, passengers can expect a different travel experience, with cabin crew handing out masks and sanitising wipes, while lounges will impose a capacity limit due to social distancing and will replace buffets with prepared meals and snacks.

"We’ll be sending out information before their flight so they know exactly what to expect and have some extra peace of mind," Joyce said. “Importantly, the Australian Government’s medical experts have said the risk of contracting Coronavirus on an aircraft is low."

Read more: What to expect when flying domestically during the coronavirus era

Qantas and Jetstar will also allow travellers to change the date of their domestic flight once, without paying a change fee, for bookings made before 30 June 2020 on travel between 12 June and 31 October 2020.

Using your Qantas Points to book a Classic Flight Reward seat on any Qantas or Jetstar flight will allow a change of date or cancelling the booking free of charge until 31 October 2020.

Also read: How to earn Qantas status credits on Jetstar flights

Here's the complete Qantas and Jetstar schedule through to the end of June. 

Airline     

Route

Current weekly 
return flights

Weekly return flights
by end June

East coast capitals

Qantas

Sydney – Melbourne

5

46

Jetstar

Sydney – Melbourne

7

21

Qantas

Sydney – Brisbane

5

21

Jetstar

Sydney – Brisbane

7

9

Qantas

Melbourne – Brisbane

4

14

Jetstar

Melbourne – Brisbane

3

5

East West

Qantas

Melbourne – Perth

7

7

Qantas

Perth – Sydney

7

7

Adelaide

Qantas

Adelaide – Melbourne

0

3 (route resuming)

Jetstar

Adelaide – Melbourne

7

7

Jetstar

Adelaide – Sydney

7

7

Northern Territory

Qantas

Darwin – Alice Springs – Sydney

2

2

Qantas

Darwin – Brisbane

2

2

Canberra

Qantas

Canberra – Sydney

5

19

Qantas

Canberra – Melbourne

5

16

Qantas

Canberra – Brisbane

5

10

Tasmania

Jetstar

Hobart- Melbourne

7

7

Qantas

Launceston – Melbourne

2

3

Intra Vic

Qantas

Melbourne – Mildura

2

6

Intra SA

Qantas

Adelaide – Port Lincoln

2

6

Qantas

Adelaide – Kingscote

2

3

Qantas

Adelaide – Whyalla

2

3

Intra NSW/NSW-Vic

Qantas

Albury – Sydney

2

6

Qantas

Armidale – Sydney

2

3

Qantas

Sydney – Ballina/Byron Bay

0

4 (new route)

Jetstar

Sydney – Ballina/Byron Bay

2

4

Jetstar

Melbourne – Ballina/Byron Bay

0

3 (route resuming)

Qantas

Coffs Harbour – Sydney

2 (via Port Macquarie)

6 (direct)

Qantas

Dubbo – Sydney

2

6

Qantas

Lord Howe Island – Sydney

1

1

Qantas

Moree – Sydney

0

3 (route resuming)

Qantas

Port Macquarie – Sydney

2 (via Coffs Harbour)

6 (direct)

Qantas

Sydney – Tamworth

2

6

Qantas

Sydney – Wagga Wagga

2

6

Jetstar

Melbourne – Newcastle

0

3 (route resuming)

Intra WA

Qantas

Perth – Newman

2

10

Qantas

Karratha – Perth

2

9

Qantas

Perth – Port Hedland

(via Puraburdoo)

(direct)

Qantas

Broome – Perth

2

7

Qantas

Kalgoorlie – Perth

2

5

Qantas

Geraldton – Perth

2

3

Qantas

Learmonth – Perth

2

3

Qantas

Paraburdoo – Perth

(via Port Hedland)

(direct)

Intra QLD

Qantas

Brisbane – Cairns

0

6 (route resuming)

Jetstar

Brisbane – Cairns

2

3

Qantas

Brisbane – Townsville

0

6 (route resuming)

Jetstar

Brisbane – Townsville

2

3

Qantas

Brisbane – Emerald

2

6

Qantas

Brisbane – Gladstone

2

7

Qantas

Brisbane – Hervey Bay

0

3 (route resuming)

Qantas

Brisbane – Longreach

3

3

Qantas

Brisbane – Mackay

3

10

Qantas

Brisbane – Moranbah

3

9

Qantas

Brisbane – Mount Isa

2

5

Qantas

Brisbane – Rockhampton

3

11

Qantas

Brisbane – Roma

4

4

Jetstar

Brisbane – Whitsunday Coast

0

3 (route resuming)

Qantas

Cairns – Horn Island

2

3

Qantas

Cairns – Townsville

6

8

Qantas

Cairns – Weipa

2

3

Qantas

Charleville – Roma

2

2

Qantas

Mackay – Rockhampton

2

5

Qantas

Mackay – Townsville

3

5

Qantas

Townsville – Cloncurry – Mount Isa

3

3

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 May 2013

Total posts 328

This is great to see. It's a good feeling seeing our country slowly reopening. Best of luck to all the airlines who try to rebuild their networks over the coming months.

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 509

I think QLD is nuts keeping the border closed, NSW and Vic people need a break and will spend money in there own states being locked out of the QLD sunshine. On top of that their talking about supporting Virgin, I hate to see what they would do if they didn't like VA maybe NSW and Vic can come up with support for VA, it appears Qld is all bull.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1050

Upupupnaway why just Qld what about SA, WA, Tassie, and NT. Can't have just one being ‘nuts'. Maybe they're all being cautious and listening to their health officers.

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 509

Ok I think there all nuts, but Tassie I heard are reopening. I agree there is a risk but we have managed the risk well so far, wash your hand every hour or 2 hours and social distance. I actually think if we could do serology testing you would find a large amount of people have had covid 19 here anyway but it's been managed well.

XWu
XWu

09 May 2020

Total posts 190

Actually the interesting bit is the fact that NSW is picking a fight mainly with 2 states, WA and QLD, But not the other states (they may make some noise but AFAIK its these 2 states that the premier named specifically)

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1050

They both happen to be labor what a coincidence.

QFP

22 Jan 2013

Total posts 61

Any idea when the lounges will reopen?

XWu
XWu

09 May 2020

Total posts 190

Whenever they are opening (I am guessing 40% capacity) the social distancing rule may mean you can't get in half of the time during the peak hours anyway

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 May 2013

Total posts 328

'Peak hours' may not be that busy for some time to come though.

Delta Air Lines - SkyMiles

14 Apr 2013

Total posts 333

Wonder why QF is not adding a SYD - OOL - SYD routing?

30 Jul 2015

Total posts 123

Cause the gold coast is in QLD and the borders are closed

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 May 2013

Total posts 328

I'd say it's because it's so heavily reliant on tourism, like the Sunshine Coast which is still not back on the QF/JQ network.

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 778

QF would love to open the routes from SYDand MEL to OOL, MCY, HTI, CNS etc but until the Qld Government reopen the borders between NSW and Qld, it isn't going to happen. Unfortunately, this will not be revisited by the Qld Government until after the school holidays meaning many towns up and down the Qld coast will miss their busiest period for the year when tourists from NSW and Victoria escape winter.

06 Mar 2017

Total posts 4

The terminal is in QLD, but half the runway is in NSW.

QF

11 Jul 2014

Total posts 509

It is possible to do a short field landing in a smaller plane and stay in NSW (C-150) trust me I know.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer P1

23 Aug 2014

Total posts 61

I'm interested in viewpoints on the fares that will be charged in Qantas Business with the pared back service. Do readers believe there should be discounted Business fares or pre-COVID fares when travel resumes domestically?

QFP

22 Jan 2013

Total posts 61

Agree ian62, Their needs to be some adjustments to price here and very clear statements about what is included and offered in the 'new world' or transitional world. I also understand that from the airlines point of veiw they need the cash flowing, lets just see some detailed transparency.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1237

Let's see what the airfares will be like before we start celebrating. Alan Joyce has said previously that he is committed to keeping fares in check but I doubt we will see that if demand far outstrips supply.


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