There are an estimated 25,000 Australians stranded overseas.
Talking with the federal government, Qantas announced that it’s ready to bring stranded Australians home, but only under subsidy.
For the airline, this also marks the restart of its international operations.
Qantas Ready To Bring Stranded Australians Home
Qantas could start international flights again provided that the government subsidize the tickets at a fair price.
Thus, passengers wouldn’t have to pay for the high airfare.
Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce said that the airline is ready to have its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners soar the skies.
However, the airline would only do it in the condition that the government shoulders the flights’ operating cost.
“The issue for us is that we’re burning $40 million in cash a week at the moment. We can’t put any services on unless we can cover the cash costs, because it’s all about the survival of Qantas now.”
Joyce said that the airline only needs the cost of the fuel to be covered.
Qantas can cover the other expenses including the salaries of the airline workers and the airport fees.
At the moment, the government sponsors the airline’s regional and domestic network.
Joyce suggested that they do the exact thing internationally.
In that way, stranded nationals wouldn’t be choked with high airfares and would start coming home.
It’s only a matter of months before Christmas.
Being home with their families could be the greatest gift all these stranded Australians can wish for.
I hope these plans push through.
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