The Federal government has announced it will provide an additional $184 million to aid international aviation until March 2022. The money will include a continuation of JobKeeper-style payments to pilots and cabin crew. A further $64 million for airports including Perth will pay for screening of passengers and baggage. This additional funding will aid the sector to maintain its workforce, to continue exports and imports and provide the ability for industry to ramp up operations quickly once international restrictions ease.
In related news there is also a trial underway to for 50 Qantas aircrew to take part in a home isolation rial in NSW involving up to 175 participants over seven days. If successful, it is believed this trial will lead to the abolition of hotel quarantine for international arrivals (as well as lowering the current quarantine period from 14 days to 7 days). It is hoped these changes will also pave the way for the gradual re-introduction of international aviation services throughout Australia; assisting in the eventual recovery of the aviation sector and its workforce.
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