The Airbus A320-212 operated by Delta Airlines took off from JFK Airport on August 24, 2019 in New York City.
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Domestic travel inside North America, Australia and Southeast Asia might be on track to return to normalcy in June if current efforts aimed at curbing the coronavirus outbreak are successful, according to the CEO of Australia’s largest travel agency.
International travel, meanwhile, could be detained for another six months, Graham Turner of Flight Center told CNBC’s “Street Signs.”
“My feelings, and this is in places like Southeast Asia, Australia, North America, the domestic side will start to improve, starting to return to normal, especially on government orders, in June,” he said Tuesday.
Graham said he was unsure whether it would be “early, mid or late June.”
“But the more international side of it we think might be more September, October, which, you know, in six months,” he added.
The travel CEO noted, however, that the return of travel restrictions – which had stopped most international trips for the best part of a month – would depend on the government’s ongoing response to the pandemic.
Graham said he hopes to see “a lot of changes in the way the government works in the next few weeks.”
Flight Center is one of the countless international travel companies affected by this virus.
The Brisbane-based company announced this week closed 800 stores above 6,000 jobs were taken in March as part of a 1.9 billion Australian dollar ($ 1.16 billion) cost cutting strategy. The business also hopes to raise 700 million Australian dollars to help it cope with the decline.
Graham said he hopes, if possible, to take advantage of government subsidies to retain the remainder of around 20,000 of its staff until the travel industry returns.
“There will certainly be many opportunities when everything returns to normal,” Graham said, citing offline, online and corporate business lines.
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