What Will Australian Aviation’s Recovery From Coronavirus Look Like? - Simple Flying


Australia has come to a standstill. Domestic services have gone from hourly to weekly and some cities have been abandoned by airlines. What is the road to recovery for the Australian aviation industry? And how long will it be until we are all flying again?

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The Australian aviation industry has a way to go before things return to normal. Photo: Getty Images

The situation in Australia so far

Australia was fortunately not hit as hard as other countries by the coronavirus, thanks to swift government action to close borders. The nature of Australia also doesn’t help the virus, with its small population spread over a large continent.

However, the aviation industry in Australia has been hit as hard as anywhere else, with many flights canceled and a 98% drop in demand. 


You only need to look at the world’s second most popular route, Sydney to Melbourne, to see how far it has fallen. Normally there are over 70 services a day, with four mainline carriers operating flights nearly every 15 minutes (not to mention other flights with smaller carriers flying to regional centers such as Rex or Corporate Air).

The Qantas Group has over 200 aircraft parked, including these Jetstar aircraft at Avalon outside Melbourne. Photo: Qantas News Room.

Now there is one flight a day with Qantas operated by a