The first flight from New South Wales to South Australia where passengers won’t have to quarantine when they arrive has taken off following the opening of borders.
Passengers on board the Qantas plane left Sydney at 9.15am and will arrive in Adelaide just after 11am.
The SA border was reopened to NSW overnight, following the second consecutive day of no new community transmission of COVID-19.
It means travellers from NSW won’t have to go into 14-day quarantine when they arrive in SA.
The aviation industry is hoping today’s resumption is the start of a long road to recovery.
“Our staff was so happy to see flights going out of Sydney to Adelaide, this flight is all but sold out today,” Qantas CEO of Domestic and International Travel, Andrew David told Today.
Qantas and Jetstar yesterday reported selling 6500 seats across the two brands since the border ban was lifted.
The Sydney to Adelaide route has been dormant since July.
Mr David said the huge interest had promoted Qantas to boost services, adding second flights per day.
“Clearly there is a pent-up demand for people to travel and families hanging out to see loved ones,” he said.
“People are just happy to be back at work. We have to work hard behind the scenes to ensure that we are ready. We have got the planes in the air and matching that demand.”
Mr David says airlines across the industry are calling for “consistency” with the reopening of borders across the country.
“We understand the Victorian situation, we know there’s hotspots.
“We all have to work together on, but just this cry and plea for some consistency so we can get business moving again.
“We can get business moving again. We can get people in the air. We can get people holidaying, people seeing loved ones.”
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