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Podcast: Has Melbourne’s spike ruined aviation’s recovery?

written by Tasha Levy | July 8, 2020
A Qantas Boeing 747 landing in Sydney (

Just as interstate flights were set to begin ramping up, Victoria has been hit by a second spike of COVID-19, borders are locked down, and a badly handled quarantine policy appears to be at the root of it.

In this episode of Australian Aviation, hosts Phil Tarrant and Adam Thorn delve into the implications of the lockdown on domestic travel, new developments in the Virgin saga, and Qantas’ early retirement of its ‘Queen of the Skies’ 747.

They also talk about the likelihood of an extension to JobKeeper, a tragic R44 helicopter crash, Air New Zealand halting inbound international bookings, and the establishment of a new domestic route from Canberra to Ballina.

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  • Richard


    If anyone thinks that travel – aviation, cruising, hotels, resorts – are going to “recover” before there’s a widely accepted vaccine they’re out of their minds. The pandemic doesn’t stop because people get itchy feet, it’s going to be a hard slog for some time and then, when people get vaccinated we can start sensible discussions about what “normal” looks like in the future.

  • Lukas


    Test, test, test. All pax need testing pre flight and on arrival. No need for quarantine that doesn’t work. If pax have virus then full lockdown for 2 weeks for that person and closet contacts.

    This can be trialled with Bizav first as numbers more manageable.

    This needs to be an international , ICAO agreement.

    Without effective vaccine, only testing works for control. Local spikes will happen but state or national shutdowns kill jobs and livelihoods.

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