Australian carrier Qantas expects about half of its international operations to get back on track by the middle of 2022, CEO Alan Joyce said on Thursday. 

"International, we think, will take a bit of time to recover. In financial year 2022, we are only expecting to get 50% of our international operation back and we're thinking it will take three years before we can get our A380s back in the air," Joyce said on CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia." 

"When we do, we'll start getting back to pre-Covid-19 levels," he added.

Air travel demand has suffered a near-total collapse this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. That has forced airlines to cut costs by suspending flight routes, putting many of the planes in their fleet in long-term storage. Many have sought government support, with some even succumbing to administration. 

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