Qantas, Jetstar increase domestic flights as restrictions ease

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Air New Zealand said it would raise domestic capacity to 55 percent of normal levels during July and August, up from 20 percent after a strict nationwide lockdown was lifted in May.

Qantas will also begin flying between Sydney and Ballina while Jetstar will also return to the route.

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Flights will resume on eight routes not in operation.

As travel restrictions start to ease across the country, Qantas and Jetstar will increase their domestic and regional flying for June and July, Qantas said in a statement today.

"We are gradually adding flights in June as demand levels increase, which will go from 5% of pre-crisis levels now to 15% by late June".

"Normally, we plan our capacity months in advance, but in the current climate we need to be flexible to respond to changing restrictions and demand levels", he said.

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Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, allowed residents to travel for leisure within the state from June 1.

The increased domestic flights will come in conjunction with new COVID-19 health and safety protocols, dubbed the Fly Well program, which will see passengers encouraged to use smartphones to check in, be offered optional face masks, and will see planes undergo rigorous cleaning.

It's understood the reinstated services will focus largely on travel between capital cities, with a large focus on the Melbourne-Sydney route.

"The one million people who work in tourism around Australia have been really hurting over the past few months". Broome, Cairns and Rockhampton to see a significant boost in weekly flights.

It comes after Qantas rolled out a range of new COVID-19 measures, but refused to give up the middle seat to enforce social distancing.

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