Qantas bookings jump as Australia eases curbs

Qantas has seen a big rise in ticket searches and bookings since Australia announced it would open its borders.

That's according to a senior executive Wednesday (February 9).

This week, vaccinated travellers were given permission to return to the country from February 21st.

It comes after two years of Australia's borders being largely shut due to the health crisis.

During that time international travel spending plunged from a pre-crisis level of $32 billion to less than $1 billion.

Qantas said bookings for flights into Australia had doubled on the first day following Monday's (February 7) announcement.

Buys were strongest from U.S. and UK, the airline said.

Neither country requires any isolation for returning travellers.

Qantas plans to restart a number of international routes in the coming weeks.

That will include flights from Sydney to Dallas, and Brisbane to Los Angeles.