Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the Australian Government

Support extended to keep international aviation take-off ready

An extra $183.5 million will help to maintain Australia’s international aviation capability.

Additional support of $183.65 million has been committed to help maintain Australia’s sovereign international aviation capability in readiness of international borders reopening.

COVID-19 is continuing to have a significant impact on the aviation industry, with border closures and health safety measures limiting international air travel for more than 18 months now.

This assistance for the industry will ensure airlines and airports are ready to respond to increased demand once border restrictions are eased. The funding package includes:

  • $119.65 million to extend the International Aviation Support program by five months to 31 March 2022; and
  • $64 million for aviation security screening cost rebates for Australia’s major international airports from October 1 2021 to 31 March 2022.

The International Aviation Support program is helping Australia’s international passenger airlines maintain core international aviation jobs so they are ready to go when borders reopen.

The Australian Government has now provided more than $5.1 billion in assistance to the aviation sector since the pandemic began.

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