Australia's top airlines and travel agents are publicly pleading for Queensland's borders to open so they don't go broke.
Rival travel agents Helloworld and Flight Centre have joined Qantas and Virgin to ask for state borders to be immediately opened to save their businesses.
The quartet are launching a four-week publicity campaign in Queensland as politicians begin campaigning for the upcoming state election on Saturday, October 31.
Pictured: A Qantas employee protests outside Parliament House in Canberra earlier this month. Qantas has joined Virgin, Helloworld and Flight Centre to campaign for open borders
Flight Centre founder Graham Turner said it was meaningless to talk about business survival and recovery without open borders and free trade between states.
The travel agency has been crushed by the collapse of international travel and state border closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Turner said borders needed to be opened immediately for any recovery plan.
'A travel and tourism restart will be the key to Queensland coming out of the depths of the current recession,' Mr Turner told the Courier Mail.
Rival travel agency Helloworld has joined the push, with chief executive Andrew Burnes saying they had cut jobs from the equivalent of 2000 full-time positions in February to 600.
Virgin Australia's empty ticket desk. Airlines are struggling under pandemic border closures
Flight Centre founder Graham 'Skroo' Turner is spearheading the campaign to open borders
Flight Centre's business has been crushed by the collapse of international travel and state border closures due to the coronavirus pandemic
Mr Burnes said Australia would be facing 20 per cent unemployment in March if nothing was done, and he couldn't see why low-case states Western Australia, Tasmania, South Australia, the ACT and Queensland didn't at least have their borders open to each other.
'There seems to be exceptions if you are a Hollywood movie star and there seem to be exceptions if you've got anything to do with the AFL but if you've got deeply personal reasons for legitimately wanting to cross the border it seems those requests have met a brick wall,' he said.
Australia's tourism industry is estimated to be losing up to $10 billion every month during the pandemic, made up of $6 billion in domestic tourism and $4 billion in foreign visitors.
As many as 532,000 jobs and up to $21.3 billion in wages and salaries have been so far lost across the country, Nine News reported.
Virgin Australia chief executive officer Paul Scurrah said Australia had 'lost context' in its coronavirus