The airline said it expects flights in and out of Sydney in New South Wales state to be closed for at least another two months. That's weeks after the scheduled August 28 end to the city's lockdown.
'We're now faced with an extended period of reduced flying,' said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce. 'It will take a few weeks once the outbreak is under control before other states open to New South Wales and normal travel can resume.'
Qantas layoffs now total 9,500, including around 7,000 at the airline's international business. The latest outbreak has put Qantas' recovery from the pandemic into reverse as authorities wrestle with the delta variant.
Qantas and its low-cost unit Jetstar had operated at close to pre-pandemic levels in May, before lockdowns in three Australian states cut domestic flying to less than 40 per cent of normal