G’ Day World: Qantas Advances Start of International Flights to November 14, 2021
With the Australian Federal Government’s announcement that borders will reopen in November, Qantas has advanced the restart of international flights to November 14, 2021. To start, the carrier will offer three weekly flights from Sydney to London and Los Angeles.
On Friday (October 1st, 2021), Qantas announced that they will advance the restart of their international flights to November 14, 2021, following the Australian Federal Government’s announcement that borders would reopen. The airline will operate three weekly return flights from Sydney to London and Los Angeles with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Additional frequencies will be added in line with demand recovery. To celebrate the relaunch of international flights, Qantas is offering return fares to Los Angeles from $1662 and to London from $1869. The fares apply to Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families and some visa holders. All flights on both routes for the first week will be ‘Points Planes’ where frequent flyers can access uncapped Classic Flight Reward seats across all cabins, while seats may also be reserved as regular flight bookings.
In Friday’s announcement, Qantas Group’s CEO, Alan Joyce, said,
“We know Australians can’t wait to travel overseas and be reunited with their loved ones, and literally thousands are waiting to come back home, so this faster restart is fantastic news. It also means we can get more of our people back to work, sooner. We welcome the Federal Government’s decision and the work by the New South Wales Government to facilitate the home quarantine approach that makes this feasible. We look forward to other States and Territories getting on board. We’d already sold out some of our international flights for December and seen strong demand on flights to and from London and Los Angeles, so we’re confident there will be a lot of interest in these earlier services.
“We know many frequent flyers have been stockpiling their points over the past 18 months to use on an overseas flight, so we’re making more seats available to be booked with points alone. Beyond the initial rush, the ongoing demand for international flights will hinge largely on what the quarantine requirements are. The shift to seven day home quarantine for fully vaccinated Australians with a negative test is a great step towards reducing this closer to what is becoming standard in many countries overseas, which is a test and release program.”
All guests traveling on Qantas’ international flights must be fully-vaccinated with a TGA-approved or recognized vaccine and also provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure. Some vaccine exceptions may apply for children or for medical reasons. Upon re-entry to Australia, customers will be required to quarantine at home for seven days, in accordance with the requirements of the Federal and NSW governments. At this time, all other previously announced international flights will resume as planned on December 18, 2021. All international flights remain subject to government approval, and Qantas will continue to operate government-sponsored repatriation flights to bring Australian’s home.