Top News Australia’s major airlines, travel agencies unite to call for lifting of Queensland border restrictions By TTG Asia / Posted on 14 September, 2020 18:15 Qantas and Virgin have banded together with Flight Centre and Helloworld to launch a publicity campaign calling on the government to reopen Queensland’s borders immediately to save the battered tourism industry. The quartet will run the four-week campaign to coincide with Queensland’s state elections on October 31, according to news reports. Airline rivals Qantas and Virgin have come together to campaign for the reopening of Queensland’s borders They were quoted by reports as saying that reopening state borders is essential to jumpstart businesses and sustain livelihoods. “We want to see Australians reunite with loved ones after months of being separated and we want to see local businesses, and the one million people in the tourism industry, get back to work,” an online petition by Qantas which accompanies the ad campaign reads. “We’re calling for decisions on domestic border closures to be risk-assessed against an agreed set of medical criteria and a shared definition of what constitutes a Covid hotspot.” The call comes after months of pandemic-induced travel restrictions that has decimated the global tourism industry and left many businesses fighting for survival.