Qantas to slash Geraldton flights in COVID-19 response

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A Qantas Link plane lands at Kalgoorlie-Boulder airport.
Camera IconA Qantas Link plane lands at Kalgoorlie-Boulder airport. Credit: Kelsey Reid/Kalgoorlie Miner

Qantas will slash flights between Geraldton and Perth as part of its 60 per cent reduction to domestic flights in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Beginning in late March Qantas will reduce flight between Perth and Geraldton to a frequency of nine times from its previous 16 flights per week.

In a statement Qantas Group said it was in response to a huge drop in travel demand triggered by the public health response to the COVID-19 crisis.

All remaining intra-Western Australia travel is unaffected by the domestic flight reduction, with no route changes to Broome, Exmouth, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Kununurra, Newman, Paraburdoo and Port Hedland.

Two-thirds of Qantas and Jetstar’s total 30,000 workforce will be temporarily stood down until at least the end of May.

Executive officer of Qantas Group Alan Joyce said efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 had led to a huge drop in travel demand, the likes of which had never been seen before.

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