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Qantas sees domestic flights back at 90% capacity this quarter

Australian carrier enjoys local travel revival as country controls COVID spread

Qantas Airways expects domestic passenger capacity to exceed pre-COVID levels in the next fiscal year.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- Australian carrier Qantas Airways projects that passenger capacity for domestic flights will climb to 90% of pre-COVID levels during the April-June quarter thanks to the return of leisure and business traffic.

This revival reflects Australia's success at controlling the spread of infections in urban areas. Last month, the government debuted half-off discounts on air tickets for major tourist destinations such as the Gold Coast and Cairns as a way to stimulate those local economies.

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