Government announces $715m coronavirus relief package for airlines

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Australia's airlines have today warmly welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a $715 million relief package for the aviation sector.

The spread of COVID-19 has imposed significant and unprecedented restrictions on air travel, creating a debilitating impact for airlines including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tiger and Rex.

The package includes the refunding and ongoing waiving of a range of Government charges including fuel excise, airservices charges and airport security charges.

The relief package comes just one day after Qantas announced it would slash its international capacity by 90 per cent and domestic flights by 60 per cent.

Commenting on the Deputy Prime Minister’s announcement, Airlines for Australia & New Zealand (A4ANZ) Chairman, Professor Graeme Samuel AC, said the package was a welcome and important measure from Government. “We congratulate the Government on its decisive action to provide essential support to such a critical pillar of the Australian economy.”

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