The foreign airlines are definitively lobbying the government and trying to get fewer restrictions.Is there a game of bluff going on here or has the AU govt just not thought it through fully? International carriers say they aren’t releasing additional inventory on already scheduled inbound flights – let alone putting on more services – because they are concerned about the shambles that may ensue if/when more unvaccinated pax present themselves at overseas check-in than can be accommodated for HQ at the AU port of arrival. The carriers are also grumbling about having no means to flag vax status earlier at the point of booking.
These issues aren’t going to be fully resolved by governments confirming what the revised caps for unvaccinated pax will be, noting also that the PM’s statement has already confirmed that those caps should be at the original levels.
QF and a few other carriers have no such problems because of their vaccination mandate for all pax. Is the government’s intent to do and say nothing until the remaining carriers decide to impose their own mandates? And that would leave the special 'red flight' option for the unvaccinated.
I am not convinced by their argument as you would assume that there would not be too many unvaccinated Australian travellers willing to come back and do hotel quarantine.
They would be better off running flights for vaccinated travellers (+ kids) only (something they will need to get used to for NZ as well). The demand for outbound travel in Nov/Dec/Jan is huge and currently not well catered for by QF (for instance for anyone travelling to Europe outside of London). I suspect the first ones of the likes of EK/QR/EY/SQ to release inventory for inbound flights for those months (outbound flights are plentiful) will get a lot of bookings (including mine) fairly quickly.