CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Qantas Airways does not anticipate to resume international journey aside from New Zealand till late October just after the Australian population is vaccinated for COVID-19, the airline’s main govt mentioned on Thursday.

The Sydney-based mostly airline had been providing seats on international flights from July 1.

But there has been a massive surge in COVID-19 scenarios close to the globe considering that individuals July flights went on sale in early January, Qantas main govt Alan Joyce mentioned. There were being also new coronavirus variants rising.

People tickets bought for flights just after July 1 and right before Oct. 31 are becoming refunded.

“We are now arranging for global vacation to restart at the stop of October this yr in line with the working day for Australia’s vaccine rollout to be properly total,” Joyce explained.

Australia’s immunization system commenced this week. The governing administration expects vaccine will be produced obtainable to everyone who would like it by October.

But Australia designs to administer a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine 12 months just after the very first. The wait concerning doses of the Pfizer item is only 3-to-4 weeks. So some of all those using AstraZenca could not be proficiently vaccinated by the finish of October.

Qantas nevertheless anticipated a “material increase” in flights involving Australia and New Zealand by July, Joyce stated.

The Australian authorities would have closing say on the resumption of worldwide travel and would get into account difficulties together with the usefulness of vaccines on decreasing virus transmission, Joyce said.

“We’re assured that there really should be a good situation for it opening up in Oct,” he mentioned.

Australia has banned its citizens from leaving the place besides less than limited circumstances in a bid to protect against them bringing residence bacterial infections. Most of Australia’s COVID-19 situations had been contaminated overseas and are diagnosed all through 14-times lodge quarantine which are obligatory for vacationers on arrival.

Qantas on Thursday posted a 1.47 billion Australian dollar ($1.17 billion) statutory loss for the 6 months as a result of December and a AU$6.9 billion ($5.5 billion) fall in income owing to pandemic limits.