Qantas has confirmed it is ditching masks on some international flights as the travel industry continues to recover from the pandemic.
An internal email sent to staff revealed that from 00:01 a.m. AEST today masks would no longer be mandatory on non-stop flights from Queensland, NSW and WA to the US, UK and Rome .
However, crew and passengers on board international flights departing from Melbourne will still be required to wear a mask until further notice, along with all incoming international flights and domestic flights.
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The move comes after mask mandates were lifted from our airport terminals last week following the recommendation of the Australian Key Health Officials Protection Committee.
“The change to in-flight mask requirements on some international flights is an important step in our transition to life with COVID, and we welcome this change,” Qantas said in the note to staff.
“The removal of mask mandates for airports and some international flights reinforces that lifting mask mandates on aircraft in all settings is the appropriate next step, with global studies showing that the risk of transmission to the cabin interior is very small.”
The airline giant said it will continue to offer masks for those who still wish to wear one.
“As more destination countries relax on-board mask requirements, we will continue to update coronavirus travel restrictions and notify you of other changes,” Qantas said.