Government to underwrite home flights to finish of January

Qantas and Virgin are flying a bare-bones network.

Qantas, Virgin Australia and Regional Express will be capable of declare again any losses they incur on home flights till the top of January and on regional flights till the top of March below the extension of a authorities program supposed to take care of air connections throughout the COVID-19 disaster.

The federal authorities has already paid out $150 million to the airways by way of its Domestic Aviation Network Support program, which was set to run out on Wednesday, and its regional equal which was to run out on December 31.

Qantas and Virgin are flying a bare-bones community. Credit:Jason South

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack stated extending the schemes, designed to encourage airways to take care of routes which might in any other case be unviable on account of low passenger numbers, would assist the struggling tourism sector and enhance regional economies.

“In regional Australia, flights are so central to local economies, underpinning many small businesses including tourism operators, whilst ensuring continued access to key medical supplies and personnel,” he stated.

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