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Sydney, Australia - Qantas and its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar Airways will increase the number of domestic and regional flights with support of the Australian Government.

With this new arrangement, Both airlines will conduct 164 flights per week to all capital cities and 36 regional destinations. Before government support, they were conducting only 105 flights per week as part of flight cuts amid the ongoing pandemic.

While travel restrictions mean most passenger flights are not commercially viable at the moment, there remains a need for some essential travel – particularly given the distances between most Australian cities,

said Qantas.

These flights will also provide critical freight capacity, which has fallen significantly as commercial air networks have shrunk. Much of the belly space on these flights will be used for mail and other urgent shipments, including medical equipment,

The country's flag carrier added.

Qantas and Jetstar Airways will focus on towns that are more than two hours’ drive from key transport hubs. The Federal Government has provided to the Australian aviation industry through the minimum domestic and international networks, the $715 million rebate package.

"While the risk of contracting Coronavirus on board an aircraft is regarded as low, social distancing has been put in place across all flights. Similarly, on-board service will be a scaled-back version of what would normally apply, with cabin crew focused on in-flight safety and they will wear personal protective equipment,"

the airline said in a statement.

Flights will be operated by a mix of Airbus A320s and A330s, Boeing 737s and Dash 8 turboprops.

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