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Melburnian1

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On Friday, the latest (April 2020) stats for flights to and from Oz were released.

'The Australian' has an article on Monday 15 June re this. Load factors were appalling but in some cases (e.g. SQ) freighter flights are included so the passenger loads may have been higher. The decrease in travel compared to April 2019 was about 98 per cent.
 

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I say they need to hurry up and open up more international flights.. unfortunately you need to think about the economy and the amount of money we need to pay back for the stimulus packages they everyone is getting. Yeah they saved $60 billion on jobkeeper but we will be paying this downturn for the next 15-20 years!!! This is bigger then the gfc!!!

Open up and get people back to work and start paying back the taxes
No point until the borders are open. Chicken and egg.
 

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While it's irrelevant to me, historically if one resides overseas for six months plus one day in a taxation year, a person is ineligible for an Australian pension.
I thought the pension was cut sooner than that. But there are a range of things that are triggered by the six month mark. If you spend more than six months in a financial year overseas you are then generally not considered a resident for tax purposes. (There are some special circumstances if you like jumping through hoops.) For example the tax free threshold doesn't apply. Non-residents don't pay the medicare levy, nor do they receive medicare benefits. There is also witholding tax in interest payments etc.
 

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I applied for the 'don't stay at a hotel' exemption about 1.5 weeks ago for NSW, saying I'd happily stay at my home and not put the hotel expense on the government. Haven't heard a thing back.
 

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On 12 June 2020, Australia‘s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reported the following key international traffic statistics:
  • Total seats made available on international scheduled operations to/from Australia during April 2020 were 235,348 – a decrease of 94.6 per cent compared to April 2019.
  • The Qantas group – Qantas Airways, Jetstar (nil) and Jetstar Asia (nil) accounted for 2.9 per cent of total passenger carriage in April 2020. The group’s share in April 2019 was 26.5 per cent.
  • General highlights:
Passengers: 69,476, -98.0% year-on-year;
Available seats: 235,348, -94.6%;
Cargo: 54,512 tonnes, -35.5%;
Flights: 2474, -85.3%;
Aircraft movements: 2560, -85.2%;
Top 10 international carriers:

Share of passengers carried:
Qatar Airways: 44.5%, +41.5pp;
Air New Zealand: 4.8%, -2.0pp;
United Airlines: 4.8%, +3.6pp;
All Nippon Airways: 4.3%, +4.0pp;
Asiana Airlines: 3.3%, +2.8pp;
Malaysia Airlines: 3.2%, +0.6pp;
Garuda Indonesia: 3.2%, +1.8pp;
British Airways: 3.1%, +2.7pp;
Qantas Airways: 2.9%, -14.9pp;
China Southern Airlines: 2.8%, -0.3pp;

Share of cargo carried:
Singapore Airlines: 12.4%, -4.1pp;
FedEx: 10.9%, +7.0pp;
Qantas Airways: 10.5%, -1.0pp;
Cathay Pacific: 9.8%, +2.3pp;
Emirates Airline: 7.1%, -1.0pp;
Qatar Airways: 6.3%, +3.5pp;
Malaysia Airlines: 5.5%, +1.4pp;
UPS: 4.1%, +2.0pp;
Tasman Cargo Airlines: 3.2%, +1.9pp;
Air China: 3.2%, +2.6pp.


Qatar Airways said in a statement last week, “While many airlines operating to Australia suspended operations, leaving people stranded, Qatar Airways added an additional 28 weekly flights (approximately 48,000 extra seats) on top of its regular 21 weekly flights during April to help take people home.
Australian Aviation, 15 June, Qatar surges to become top international carrier to Australia, Qatar surges to become top Australia international carrier
 

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It seems like there is answer regarding international travel - appears likely that the borders will be closed for the remainder of this year at least according to this article from Executive Traveler:

Yes, Birmingham's statement was widely reported, including tonight on Channel 7 news.
 

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Re Australian Age pension it isn't as simple as time overseas . Also even if you are deemed to be living overseas your rate depends on how years you lived in Aus between 16 and age pension age
Sorry just didn't want misinformation out there :)
 

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It seems like there is answer regarding international travel - appears likely that the borders will be closed for the remainder of this year at least according to this article from Executive Traveler:

They can't even get 'travel corridors' in place within the country, do we really feel that comments around that being in place with close by international neighbours will be in place in a month's time? I'd take everything said with a very large grain of salt.
 

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The Australian visa machine is currently running very slowly, some AU passport holders are still waiting for their other half's visa to be approved. What used to be a 30 second auto approval is now looking like 50 days.....
I mentioned it on another thread, but in the end it came through after 56 days of processing. However, with paid quarantine etc. in place and Europe having opened up a lot more, we decided against coming down to Australia after all. At least we now have the visa for if we can do our Christmas trip that we had booked in January, but we very much expect that to end up being cancelled also.
 
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