Australia's aviation market has been deeply affected by the coronavirus pandemic, but there is some strong hope that there will be a resumption of air movements around the Australian domestic market before Christmas.
As CAPA – Centre for Aviation managing director Derek Sadubin highlighted during the 11-Nov-2020 edition of CAPA Live, a second wave In Melbourne has been brought under control after a 15-week lockdown and has “paved the way for a resumption of aviation activity, at least domestically".
The Nov-2020 edition of CAPA Live – a new monthly virtual summit, offering insights, information, data and live interviews with airline CEOs and industry executives across a next-gen virtual event platform – provided some optimism on the local market as selected interstate services have resumed.
Aviation Week senior air transport editor Adrian Schofield highlighted “another big development” will occur when New South Wales opens its border to Victoria today, 23-Nov-2020.
This, Mr Schofield stated, “will spur the recovery of the Sydney-Melbourne route, which is one of the top domestic flows in the world".
The opening "is a particularly major step for Qantas" said the analyst, as it "plans to operate more than a hundred weekly return flights between these states from 23-Nov-2020, versus just 10 at the moment".