Qantas Group to reduce international network by 23% in response to coronavirus

    Qantas reported (10-Mar-2020) plans to reduce its Group international network by “almost a quarter for the next six months” in response to coronavirus. Additional changes to its international network will bring total capacity reduction from 5% to 23% year-on-year, with extensions to Sep-2020. Qantas Group plans to reduce its Asia network by 31%, US network by 19%, UK by 17% and trans Tasman by 10%. Qantas will ground eight A380 aircraft until mid Sep-2020, with a further two A380s undergoing scheduled heavy maintenance and cabin upgrades, leaving two of its 12 A380s operating. The carrier will reroute Sydney-Singapore-London service (QF1/2) to temporarily become a Sydney-Perth-London service from 20-Apr-2020, in response to strong demand of the Perth-London service.