Australia’s Qantas hopes to resume international flights by Christmas, CEO says

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Australian carrier Qantas expects international flights to the U.S., the U.K. and parts of Asia to resume by Christmas, CEO Alan Joyce said Thursday.Since March last year, Australia has closed its borders to most foreign visitors and banned residents from leaving unless they had valid reasons."We know there's huge underlying demand. People don't want another Christmas where they are isolated from their families, let alone internationally, but [also] in Australia," Joyce said on CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia."A spike in local Covid-19 cases in recent months forced Australian states and territories to step up restrictions, including limitations on interstate travel and stay-at-home notices in high-risk areas.Joyce said Qantas is planning its operations on the assumption that Australia's two most populous states — New South Wales and Victoria — will lift most of their border restrictions to the rest of the country by Dec. 1.That would be followed by an assumption that international
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