Qantas CEO Alan Joyce is calling for more Australian companies to come forward with perks and incentives encouraging the public to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
The airline’s vaccine incentive program, which launches in July, will offer several deals including unlimited travel for a year for 10 lucky families.
“We are looking at giving 1000 points flight vouchers, credits and we are going to offer ten mega prizes, at least one for each state and territory, where a family of four get unlimited travel on the Qantas and Jetstar network, anywhere in the network for a year,” Mr Joyce told Today.
He also confirmed the airline is working with hotel business Accor Group, which will offer a million points and free accommodation to the winning families.
“We are trying our best to help with this rollout – it will be retrospective and will include anyone who has already been vaccinated and will apply to anybody that is vaccinated until the end of 2021,” he said.
The Qantas program aims to encourage more Australians to come forward to get the coronavirus vaccine and Mr Joyce said the more people who are out there leading by example, the better it will be for everyone.
“I’m encouraging a ‘Team Australia’ moment where every corporate out there helps with this vaccine rollout and to reward people that have had the vaccine,” he said.
Qantas still planning on international travel in 2021
Mr Joyce said Qantas still plans to resume international flights by the end of the year and is working with the Australian government on ways to make it happen.
“We are still planning to be ready at the end of this calendar year. We are activating the aircraft, we are training our crew, the government has given us a support package to do that and have asked us to be ready,” Mr Joyce told Today.
“I’m hopeful by the time we get to July-August we will have some certainty on which markets will open and when they will open, so we can give certainty to our travelling public and to our people about when they are going to be back at work.”
Mr Joyce said since international borders closed, several new domestic routes had been created to help with an increase in local travel demand.
“Amazingly in the last six months Qantas has actually started 45 new domestic routes because demand is so different from what it was pre-COVID,” he said.
“People just want to get out there and travel. We are trying new things in order to facilitate that travel.”