Australian airline qantas wants to reward travelers with discounts and other incentives if they are vaccinated against the coronavirus in the future.
Among other things, flight vouchers and bonus points are planned for australian frequent flyers, airline boss alan joyce told the australian television station 9news on monday. In addition, special prizes are to be raffled off. "We will be giving away ten "super prizes," at least one in each state and territory," joyce said. The winners were allowed to travel free of charge for a year on the entire route network.
With the program, the airline wants to get more australians to get vaccinated. Joyce invited other companies to follow qantas’ example. So far, only about two percent of australia’s 25 million people are fully vaccinated.
At the same time, joyce stressed that he was hopeful that some international services to and from down under could be resumed by the end of the year. Qantas is working with the government in canberra and is already in the process of bringing the aircraft up to speed and training the crews.
Australia’s international borders have been closed since march 2020 as a result of the pandemic, with exceptions only for residents and australian citizens. So far, only regular air service with new zealand has resumed. Both countries have so far been very successful in the fight against sars-cov-2.