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Qantas axes mask mandate for some international flights



Qantas has axed mask requirements for some international flights as the travel industry continues to rebuild following the COVID-19 pandemic.

An internal memo circulated to staff revealed that as of 12.01am AEST today, masks would no longer be mandatory for crew or passengers for non-stop flights from New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia to the US, UK and Rome.

"The change to in-flight mask requirements on some international flights is an important step in our transition to living with COVID, and we welcome this change," the memo read.

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"The removal of mask mandates for airports and some international flights reinforces that the lifting of mask mandates onboard aircraft in all settings is the appropriate next step, with global studies showing the risk of transmission inside the cabin is very low."

Qantas will continue to offer masks to customers and crew who want to wear them.

"As more destination countries relax onboard mask requirements, we will continue to update the Coronavirus Travel Restrictions and inform you of further changes," the memo said.

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However, masks will continue to be mandatory for inbound international flights and on domestic flights.

International flights out of Melbourne will also continue under mask mandates, with Qantas promising to update staff and customers when that situation changes.

It comes after the Australian Health Principal Protection Committee (AHPPC) recommended mask mandates lift in Australia's airport terminals.

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