Qantas : Statement

On 23rd November 2020, following the statement from Qantas that they would not allow passengers on their flights without a vaccination for Covid-19 we decided as a company that we would no longer offer Qantas flights to our customers.

Whilst we are just a relatively small Independent Tour Operator based in the UK, and Qantas are a large international airline, we feel that bodily autonomy with regard to medical intervention is a personal choice and not something to be forced onto people by businesses.

We are not anti-vaccination but we are pro-choice. There is a huge difference between coercion and making a free choice.

Qantas fly from the UK to the Far East and to Australia. They code share flights with Emirates and this will also impact the business of Emirates airlines who have not taken the same stance as Qantas. We wonder if this has been discussed with Emirates prior to the announcement by Qantas? Emirates are without doubt a larger airline than Qantas and are certainly more frequently used by British tourists to the Far East. We hope for some clarification from our partners at Emirates.

We do not want to see the spread of Covid-19 anywhere in the world, but never before in the history of aviation has there been a requirement to have an injection before boarding a plane. If Australia as a nation makes the decision to not allow entry to people without a vaccination then that is within their rights, and people can make an informed choice as to whether they wish to visit the country. But it is not up to an airline to enforce this upon customers