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Hello travellers,

The big news this week is the arrival of the Pfizer vaccine in Australia aboard a Singapore Airlines A350-900 flight.

Hotel Quarantine - never out of the news

It appears that Hotel Quarantine is the constant whipping boy of the media and epidemiologists.

It is never out of the news - whether it be other countries adopting the approach, or cases of transmission from international travellers to staff.

I would just like to say for the record, that given the flow of quarantine arrivals, and the pay, training and PPE provision to hotel workers, we should be celebrating the low transmission rates and the diligence of these employees.

Melbourne laneways

What happened last week?

Melbourne came out of lockdown on Wednesday.

New Zealand suspended the travel bubble with Australia, returning traveller hotel capacity was restored (except in Victoria), the Pfizer vaccine arrived in Australia, Virgin announced the opening of its new Adelaide lounge, and we remind you not to book Jetstar flights through the Qantas website.

Oh, and I booked and cancelled and booked and cancelled and booked some more flights, which I may have to cancel.

Sydney, International Terminal

What's coming up?

It looks like the rollout of vaccines world wide, but particularly in Europe and America will change the recovery pattern of the travel industry.

The focus has been on travel passports etc, but the real story that the widespread vaccination of populations may have, is the re-birth of confidence in the travel, hotel and airline industries. And that renewed confidence is what will bring back international travel.

Unfortunately, that confidence is not likely to return - along with the opening of our international borders - until at least October this year, when most Australians will have been vaccinated.

Stephen

2PAXfly



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In the 21/02/21 edition:

Virgin Australia: New Routes, New Lounge, new business service

By 2paxfly on Feb 20, 2021 01:18 pm

CEO Jayne Hrdlicka took over the reigns of the newly reborn Virgin Australia almost exactly 3 months ago on November 20 2020. Three months is about the time it takes to start bending an organisation to your will, and this is what is now happening over at Australia’s 2nd domestic airline. With a renewed executive […]

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QANTAS: Never book Jetstar flights through the Qantas website. Here’s why . . .

By 2paxfly on Feb 18, 2021 10:49 am

I have often said about Jetstar, that by the time you include all the extras you want, like luggage, food, points earning and seat selection, its usually cheaper to travel on Qantas. I may have been wrong (difficult to believe, I know!). You will pay more on Qantas website Australian Frequent Flyer (AFF), has a […]

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COVID-19: Victoria lifts lockdown from midnight tonight

By 2paxfly on Feb 17, 2021 11:06 am

Daniel Andrews, Victorian Premier has just announced the lifting of the 5 day lockdown at the end of today, as originally foreshadowed. Victorians have largely cooperated with the lockdown by conducting a record 39,000 COVID-19 tests yesterday, What changes There are some provisions that will remain until Friday February 26, however: No more five-kilometre limit […]

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COVID-19: First Vaccines arrive at Sydney Airport

By 2paxfly on Feb 15, 2021 04:21 pm

Today 142,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have arrived at Sydney Airport care of Singapore Airlines. This load, after some testing by the Therapeutic Goods Administrations is destined for frontline health and quarantine workers and those in aged care from Monday. And yes, this is the vaccine that has to be stored at under -70°C, […]

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COVID-19: Returning Traveller Hotel Capacity limits return to pre-Christmas levels

By 2paxfly on Feb 15, 2021 08:21 am

As advised after a national cabinet meeting on 5 February, from today (15 February) returning traveller hotel quarantine capacity limits return to the levels agreed before the Northern Beaches and other state outbreaks. Here is a table of the capacity limits comparing 15 January to 15 February: Exception I think Victoria has suspended all incoming […]

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COVID-19: New Zealand / Australia travel bubble suspended

By 2paxfly on Feb 15, 2021 07:47 am

Although initially saying that the bubble would stay in place, Paul Kelly, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer called a late night meeting on Sunday with the chief health officers of three states: NSW, Queensland and Victoria. The decision was made to classify all flights out of New Zealand as eminating from a Red Zone, and consequently […]

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COVID-19: Auckland – 3 day lockdown from midnight tonight (14 February)

By 2paxfly on Feb 14, 2021 07:09 pm

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister has just announced that Auckland will move to level 3 restrictions from 11.59pm tonight for 3 days, ’til midnight on Wednesday. The lockdown has been called due to 3 new coronavirus cases – a couple plus daughter. Level 3 means only essential personal movement for Auckland residents, along with […]

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