Qantas’ first commercial flight to India in nearly a decade took off from Sydney this morning with service to Delhi. The flight departed Sydney at 06:00 and was scheduled to touch down in Delhi after the 15-hour journey.
On Monday (December 6, 2021), Qantas announced the launch of their inaugural flight to India for the first time in nearly a decade. The flight between Sydney and Delhi departed at 06:00 this morning and was scheduled to touch down in Delhi after the 15-hour journey. Qantas’ new Sydney-Delhi service, as well as flights between Melbourne and Delhi, which are scheduled to start before Christmas, have been the fastest selling routes on the carrier’s international network since borders reopened. Qantas is currently offering three weekly return flights on the Sydney-Delhi route, which will increase in January, and will launch four weekly return flights on the Melbourne-Delhi route from December 22, 2021.
In Monday’s announcement, Qantas’ Domestic and International CEO, Andrew David, said,
“We’re thrilled to be beginning commercial flights to India for the first time in almost a decade. There’s a huge amount of pent up demand from friends and family wanting to reunite after being separated for so long. There was an incredible response when we announced both our new routes to Delhi. Forward bookings for the next few months are well ahead of our initial forecasts so while it’s early days, it’s an exciting start.
“The level of pent up demand on this route can be seen by the fact that almost all customers travelled as planned despite the temporary three-day additional isolation requirement. There are very strong trade and economic links between Australia and India, and both the Melbourne and Sydney routes will help support that as international travel starts to normalise.”
Today’s inaugural flight marks the first time Qantas has offered service to India since their Brisbane-Mumbai route was discontinued in 2012, as well as the first time the airline has offered service to Delhi since 1974. Over the last 12 months, Qantas has operated over 60 flights on behalf of the Federal Government to repatriate Australians from India. All Qantas guests traveling on international flights are required to be fully vaccinated unless they are under 12 or between 12-17 and traveling to Australia with their family or guardian, or have an exemption. International flights are limited to Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families and parents inline with Federal Government requirements. In the coming weeks, students and certain other visa holders are expected to be permitted to re-enter Australia.