Qantas halts non-stop London-NY flights

Australian airline Qantas has suspended plans to commence record-breaking non-stop flights to London and New York due to disruption caused by coronavirus. Rival carrier Virgin Australia entered administration last month as due to the combination of the crisis and its debt pile. The island nation has only had 1,500 confirmed cases of the disease, and 20 deaths, while Australia has suffered 7,000 cases and 96 deaths.  Joyce said: “Australia has done an amazing job of flattening the curve and we’re optimistic that domestic travel will start returning earlier than first thought, but we clearly won’t be back to pre-coronavirus levels anytime soon.  “With the possible exception of New Zealand, international travel demand could take years to return to what it was”.