The Australian airline Qantas will require its passengers on international flights to have been vaccinated against covid-19, a measure that according to its president will be “common” in the sector in a while.
The obligation to be vaccinated against covid-19 to travel with Qantas will take effect as soon as a vaccine is available for the population, the president of the company, Alan Joyce said Monday night.
Qantas is studying implementing this measure for its internal flights, the president said. “But for international travelers coming to Australia and for people leaving the country, we think it’s a necessity,” he added.
The president of Qantas predicted that this type of measure will become general in the world of air transport, while governments and airlines are studying, according to him, the possibility of establishing electronic vaccination bulletins.
Australia has closed its borders since March to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Tens of thousands of Australians are blocked abroad because of this, as the government only authorizes the return of a limited number of its citizens each week.
This isolation policy seems to have paid off, since since the epidemic was declared, the country has only registered 907 deaths and just over 27,800 cases of covid-19.
Because of the brutal impact the pandemic had on air traffic, Qantas cut 8,500 jobs and has more than 200 aircraft on the ground.
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