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Qantas won’t relaunch flights to the UK this summer as Australia keeps tourists out

Qantas has cancelled almost all its international flights, including those to and from the UK, until the winter.

It will only offer flights to New Zealand for the rest of the summer.

A spokesman for the Australian carrier said: “With Australia’s borders set to remain closed for some time, we have cancelled most international flights until late October.

“We still have some flights scheduled across the Tasman in the coming months, with the expected travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand.”

Australia’s tourism minister Simon Birmingham said earlier this week that tourism to Australia wasn’t likely for some time, possibly not until next year.

International students could be allowed back into Australia sooner, but they’ll have to quarantine for two weeks.

Qantas has cancelled international flights until the end of October, which marks the start of its winter schedule.

Linsey McNeill

A journalist and travel writer of 35 years' standing, a once-a-week yogi, terrible skier and out-of-order mum to 2 teens. Previously Editor of, bylines also include The Telegraph, The Times, The Observer, the London Evening Standard, Which? and The South China Morning Post.

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