Qantas is considering shifting its direct London to Australia flights away from Perth if WA Premier Mark McGowan refuses to open borders at 80 per cent vaccination.

Qantas has said it will restart international flights from mid-December when vaccination rates hit 80 per cent.

The attitude of CEO Alan Joyce echoes that of federal minister Dan Tehan – but this is not the plan of Premier McGowan, who wishes to pursue a zero-COVID policy.

The premier sees Qantas’ plan to shift its London to Australia flight away from Perth to Darwin as an ultimatum, and even an insult.

Mr Joyce also promises that while international capacity will start at just 30 per cent of pre-COVID levels, airfares will not necessarily be expensive.

If people want to fly overseas, they must be vaccinated – while for domestic flights, the airline is still evaluating mandatory vaccination.

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