Flight Centre boss says Easter will be travel industry’s reckoning

Flight Centre boss says Easter will be travel industry’s reckoning

Aussies want to know for sure when we can take to the skies again. The boss of Flight Centre says we should have a clearer picture soon.

Mr Turner says the UK rollout of a COVID-19 vaccination and Israel’s plan to inoculate its citizens against the virus within a couple of months should provide clarity on the effectiveness of the treatment.

“The UK is undergoing a widespread vaccination program, Israel will be fully vaccinated in a month or two, so we will soon know how effective the vaccine is,” he said.

Camera IconFlight Centre CEO Graham Turner hopes for international travel to recommence when the vaccine is rolled out en masse across Australia. Credit: News Corp Australia, Dan Peled/NCA NewsWire

“If it decreases dramatically, it has the desired health impact … We will know that by Easter.”

He hopes the data will be positive and international travel will resume in the second half of the year, but only after the vaccine is widely rolled out in Australia.

“We then need widespread vaccination to happen in Australia and that could be by late July,” he said.

Camera IconFlight Centre CEO Graham Turner hopes for international travel to recommence when the vaccine is rolled out en masse across Australia. Credit: News Corp Australia, Dan Peled/NCA NewsWire

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Camera IconFlight Centre CEO Graham Turner hopes for international travel to recommence when the vaccine is rolled out en masse across Australia. Credit: News Corp Australia, Dan Peled/NCA NewsWire

“If it decreases dramatically, it has the desired health impact … We will know that by Easter.”

He hopes the data will be positive and international travel will resume in the second half of the year, but only after the vaccine is widely rolled out in Australia.

“We then need widespread vaccination to happen in Australia and that could be by late July,” he said.

“There should be no reason why international travel cannot resume once Australian travellers are widely vaccinated.”

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