Graham Turner, CEO of the Flight Centre, says international travel could return without quarantine by June.
This travel manager has other plans, considering the forecast made by Qantas CEO Alan Joyce that overseas travel will not resume until October.
He's the director of the biggest travel agency in Australia.
And now, less than 24 hours after the Qantas manager announced that foreign travel will be back by October, the boss of the Flight Centre, Graham Turner, has made a bold statement that Australians will be able to fly abroad even faster and without quarantine.
Mr. Turner, who was outspoken about the effect our borders had on the recovery of both domestic and foreign tourism, said there was "no excuse" for the closure of state borders, particularly given the implementation of the vaccine against COVID-19.
As long as vaccination covers the people who need to be vaccinated, I think there is no excuse why we can't start flying," Mr Turner told A Current Affair on Thursday, adding that international borders can open until the most insecure get the jab."
"I guess if you get vaccinated for people who may get ill or die, it should be sometime in June... there should be some foreign travel."
At the group's half-year earnings, in which the airline posted a $1 billion loss, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said that international travel would not resume until at least the end of October instead of July as previously expected.
Mr Joyce said several of Qantas' international routes, including flights to London, Singapore and Los Angeles, would resume on that day.
At a later date, three routes - New York, Santiago and Osaka - will return, with Qantas passengers in the interim able to fly to those cities with codeshare partners.
However, as Australia retains its travel bubble agreement with its Trans-Tasman neighbor, flights to New Zealand are likely to increase from July.
In addition, as of October 31, Jetstar will resume flights to all 13 of its international destinations.
Mr. Turner said that once Australians are vaccinated, they should not have to be quarantined at home upon arrival.
The vaccines would guarantee, with a little bit of luck, that... every kind of harm is completely minimized," he stated."
In March 2020, the Federal Government closed the doors of Australia to international travel.