EFESydney, Australia

Australian airline Qantas announced Thursday that it is preparing to restart international flights with low-risk countries from December as it recorded an annual pre-tax loss of AU$1.83 billion ($1.3 billion).

The airline, which canceled all its international flights at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, plans to start flying from Australia in mid-December to low-risk countries with high vaccination rates, such as Singapore, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom and Canada, Qantas said in a statement.

The Qantas group also revealed that it plans to return to service five A380s to fly to the US and the UK from mid-2022.