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Airline stops serving vegetarian meals on some domestic flights


Qantas has scrapped offering vegetarian meals on some domestic flights.

The airline confirmed today passengers would only have one meal option, such as a chicken pie or a zucchini and onion frittata, on domestic flights under three-and-a-half hours in duration.

The reduced meal option on some domestic flights began in June 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic.

Qantas has stopped offering vegetarian meals on some domestic flights. (AAP)

“During Covid we made some changes to onboard food and service offerings to simplify the service delivery for our crew,” a spokesperson said.

“We now offer a single meal/snack option per flight on our shorter flights, such as a chicken pie or a zucchini and onion frittata.

“If the option on a particular flight is not suitable for vegetarians, we try to offer an alternative of a small sweet or savoury snack which is vegetarian.”

Qantas would also stop serving kosher and other special meals on shorter domestic routes.

But customers could still book special meals, including vegan or gluten-free and dairy-free options, on longer domestic and international flights, the Qantas spokesperson said.

Jetstar and Virgin continue to offer vegetarian options on all domestic flights.

Qantas has admitted the airline faces major challenges after the company recorded a drop in flight delays, cancellations and lost baggage over past months.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has been under pressure over the airline’s performance during past months. (Janie Barrett)

In a statement released yesterday, the national carrier said cancellations have reduced to two per cent from the four per cent and 7.5 per cent seen over August and June respectively.

More flights have also been arriving on time. 

Qantas attributed “several factors” behind its improvement; one being an increase in staff numbers.

However the company conceded coming weeks will prove to be a challenging time amid high demand.

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