Qantas Brings Forward Int’l Flight Resumptions

Services from Sydney and Melbourne to Singapore will restart in late November, while a new route to Delhi is also in the pipeline.

A Qantas Airbus A330-200 aircraft. (Photo: Qantas)

With Australia’s border reopening close at hand, Qantas and its low-cost subsidiary are relaunching services to popular overseas destinations beyond Los Angeles and London before the end of the year. Qantas will resume operations on the Sydney–Singapore route on November 23, a month earlier than scheduled, with services ramped up to daily from December 18. Jetstar will fly from Melbourne and Darwin to Singapore from December 16. Qantas’ Fiji-bound services from Sydney to Nadi were originally set to resume from December 19, but the resumption date has now been brought forward to December 7. Jetstar flights to Fiji will relaunch on December 17.

In early January, Qantas is set to resume flights from Sydney to Johannesburg, while the middle of the month will see the carrier return to Thailand more than two months earlier than scheduled. Qantas has committed to flying between Sydney and Bangkok from January 14, and Jetstar will relaunch its Sydney to Phuket services on January 12.

Qantas also plans to launch a new route from Sydney to Delhi on December 6 with thrice-weekly flights aboard Airbus A330 aircraft; the airline aims to increase frequencies to daily by end of the year. This will be the first commercial flights for Qantas between Australia and India in nearly a decade. The service will initially operate until at least late March 2022, and may be extended into the future if there is sufficient demand. Flights from Sydney to Delhi are due to operate via Darwin, while those from Delhi to Sydney will be flown nonstop.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement, “In recent weeks, sales on international flights to and from Sydney have outstripped sales on domestic flights, which shows how important certainty is to people when making travel plans.

“While these flights will initially be for Australians and their families, we expect tourists from Singapore, South Africa, and India to take advantage of these flights once borders reopen to international visitors, which is great news for the industry.”

Following Victoria’s decision to drop quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travelers returning from overseas, Qantas has also brought forward the resumption of international flights from Melbourne. The airline will resume operations on the Melbourne–London route on November 6, six weeks earlier than scheduled, while services from Melbourne to Singapore will continue from November 22, three weeks before the original plan. Frequencies on both key routes will be bumped up to daily from December 18. Jetstar is also restarting flights between Melbourne and Singapore using 787 aircraft, a route it hasn’t served since 2019.

 

Here is a summary of the international services brought forward by Qantas:

Route Restart date Frequency Aircraft
Melbourne–London Nov. 6, 2021 2 x weekly, then daily from Dec. 18 Boeing 787
Melbourne–Singapore Nov. 22 3 x weekly, then daily from Dec. 18 Airbus A330
Sydney–Singapore Nov. 23 3 x weekly, then daily from Dec. 18 Airbus A330
Sydney–Delhi Dec. 6 3 x weekly, then daily by year’s end Airbus A330
Sydney–Fiji (Nadi) Dec. 7 4 x weekly Boeing 737
Sydney–Johannesburg Jan. 5, 2022 3 x weekly Boeing 787
Sydney–Bangkok Jan. 14 5 x weekly Airbus A330

 

And for Jetstar:

Route Restart date Frequency Aircraft
Darwin–Singapore Dec. 16 3 x weekly Airbus A320
Melbourne–Singapore Dec. 16 4 x weekly Boeing 787
Sydney–Fiji (Nadi) Dec. 17 5 x weekly Airbus A320
Sydney–Phuket Jan. 12, 2022 3 x weekly Boeing 787

In line with requirements from the federal government, these initial flights are limited to Australian citizens, permanent residents, and their immediate families and parents. Flights to Honolulu, Tokyo, Vancouver, and cities in New Zealand are still scheduled to resume from mid-December 2021.

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