SYDNEY, 4 October 2021: Qantas will bring forward the
restart date for international flights to 14 November 2021, following the
Federal Government’s announcement that Australia’s borders will open in
November, the airline confirmed at the weekend.
The national carrier will operate three weekly return
flights between Sydney and London and three weekly return flights between
Sydney and Los Angeles with its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The London flight
will make a stop in Singapore. The nonstop London flight from Darwin will be
discontinued in preference for the service out of Sydney with a transit stop in
Fares are now on sale for Australian citizens, permanent
residents and their immediate families and some visa holders. Fares start from
AUD1662 return for Sydney-Los Angeles and AUD1869 return for Sydney-London.
All flights on both routes for the first week will be
‘Points Planes’, meaning frequent flyers can access uncapped Classic Flight
Reward seats across all cabins. Seats on these flights will also be available
as regular flight bookings.
Once the Federal Government announces the exact date that
Australia’s international borders will reopen in November, the commencement
dates for the two routes may need to update, the airline said in a press
statement. Flights will be brought forward if it’s earlier than 14 November or
moved to later in the month if necessary. Customers booked on these flights
will have the flexibility to make ‘fee free’ date changes for travel until 31
December 2022 (a fare difference may apply). If flights are cancelled,
customers may also be eligible for a refund or credit voucher.
As previously indicated, all passengers on Qantas’
international flights will be required to be fully vaccinated with a
TGA-approved or recognised vaccine (some exemptions for medical reasons and
children). They will also be required to return a negative PCR Covid test 72
hours before departure.
Customers on these flights will be required to home
quarantine for seven days on arrival into Australia, in accordance with the
requirements from the Federal and New South Wales governments.
At this stage, all other international routes that were
scheduled to resume from 18 December 2021 will continue as planned, although
the airline group has the flexibility to add additional routes if other states
and territories decide to open their borders earlier and reduce quarantine
requirements to seven days at home, or less.
Qantas will continue to operate government-sponsored
repatriation services as required, helping to bring Australians home from around
the world, including home quarantine trial flights.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “The early reopening
of Australia’s international borders will mean so much to so many people, and
it’s made possible by the amazing ramp-up of the vaccine rollout.
“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.
“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