Qantas announced today that it’s cutting almost all of its international and domestic flights across the Qantas and Jetstar networks.
The news comes in response to continuing travel restrictions because of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The airline is cutting around 90 percent of its international capacity and around 60 percent of its domestic capacity across the Qantas and Jetstar networks, and is grounding around 150 aircraft.
The changes come into affect from the end of March 2020, and will be in place until at least the end of May 2020.
Qantas cites the impact of severe quarantine requirements, government containment measures, corporate travel bans and a general decrease in in everyday activities for the cuts.
Earlier this month the airline cut its passenger capacity across the Qantas and Jetstar networks by 23 percent for international services and 5 percent for domestic services. The new cuts are a major increase to the numbers already in place, and Qantas warns that the cuts are “likely to be increased, depending on demand”.
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What about if your travel plans have been disrupted by the Qantas and Jetstar cuts or the coronavirus?
Customers with existing bookings on any domestic or international flight until May 31, 2020, who no longer wish to travel, can cancel their flight and retain the value of the booking as a travel credit voucher. Customers need to process their cancellation by March 31, 2020.
Meanwhile, customers who make a new domestic or international booking and later decide they no longer wish to travel can also cancel their flight and retain the value of the booking as a Qantas travel credit or Jetstar travel voucher. This applies to bookings made from March 10, 2020 until March 31, 2020 for travel before May 31, 2020.
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