Qantas reports travel surge as Western Australia reopens

The chief executive of Australia’s largest airline group has revealed how many passengers are booked to travel to and from Perth as coronavirus border restrictions are eased this week.

For the first time in almost two years, many visitors will be able to travel to Western Australia (WA) without having to quarantine. The state government has imposed some of the strictest COVID-19 curbs in the country, with the reopening trailing a similar move by authorities elsewhere in the country last month.

The Qantas Group says more than 23,000 passengers are booked to travel this week alone with the Aussie flag carrier and its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar, to and from Perth. More than 30 services are operating on ‘day one’, with the airlines’ website showing many options as busy or completely sold out.  

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