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Qantas Brings Forward International Flights to November 1st, Adds New Routes From Darwin

Qantas will advance the restart of international flights to November 1st. The carrier will offer up to five weekly returns between Sydney and London and four weekly returns to Los Angeles. The carrier has also announced new routes from Darwin to far North Queensland.

Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in Special Indigenous Livery - Courtesy Qantas

On Friday (October 15, 2021), Qantas announced that they will bring forward the restart of international flights by two weeks to November 1st, 2021. The airline will offer up to four weekly return flights between Sydney and London (via Darwin), as well as four weekly returns between Sydney and Los Angeles. Both routes will be serviced with Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The initial flights are limited to Australian citizens, permanent resident and their immediate families in line with Australian Government requirements. From December 18, 2021, Qantas will alas launch international service to Singapore, Fiji and Vancouver, with other destinations to restart in the new year.

In Friday’s announcement, Qantas Group’s CEO, Alan Joyce, said,

“Bringing forward the reopening of Australia to the world and removing quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travelers entering New South Wales is a massive step towards life as we knew it. In just a little over two weeks, Australians around the world can fly into Sydney and people from around Australia can leave on trips they’ve been waiting almost two years to take. We hope other states will do the same once they reach the 80 per cent target. We have thousands of our pilots and cabin crew wanting to get back to work and they will be thrilled at today’s announcement. It will still be a long time before international travel returns to normal but this is a fantastic start.

“Removing quarantine for the fully vaccinated is a sensible approach and brings New South Wales into line with many other global cities. I want to thank the Prime Minister and Premier Perrottet for the leadership they have shown in getting borders reopened again, which is only possible because so many Australians have rolled up their sleeves in record time.”

In a previous press release on Thursday (October 14, 2021), Qantas announced the addition of two new routes from Darwin to Townsville and Cairns, which follows last week’s announcement that the carrier’s flagship Sydney-London service would operate via Darwin until at least April 2022. The Darwin-Townsville service will start on January 31, 2022, while Darwin-Cairns service will commence on March 29, 2021. Flights on both routes will be operated three times weekly with a 94-seat Embraer E190s, which were introduced to the QantasLink network last May as part of an agreement with Alliance Airlines.

Source: Qantas


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