Qantas offers flights to Fiji, Singapore and more
Qantas and Jetstar are advancing planned international flights to and from Sydney and have announced a new flight path with India as the government confirms open borders.
Faster ramp-up follows confirmation from Federal and New South Wales governments international borders will reopen from November 1, 2021.
The NSW government has also decided to remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated arrivals. Qantas said this will dramatically increase demand for travel.
“This is the best news we have had in almost two years and it will make a huge difference to thousands of our employees who will finally be able to fly again,” said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.
“We know Australians want to go abroad and see friends and family or have a long-awaited vacation, so anticipating the restart of flights to these popular international destinations will give customers even more options for travel this summer. “
To meet demand, Qantas is also reinstating 11,000 laid-off employees – 5,000 related to domestic flights and 6,000 related to international flights.
Combined with existing operational and corporate employees, Qantas’ 22,000 employees will be able to return to work in December, which was not expected to happen until June 2022.
A new international calendar unveiled
Qantas plans to launch a new route from Sydney to Delhi on December 6, 2021 with three round-trip flights per week, with daily flights by the end of the year.
The updated international calendar includes:
Sydney to Singapore: Qantas flights will resume on 23 November 2021, four weeks earlier than expected. Jetstar will fly from Melbourne and Darwin to Singapore from December 16, 2021.
Sydney to Fiji (Nadi): Qantas flights will be advanced to December 7, 2021 from December 19, 2021. Four return flights per week will be operated. Jetstar flights to Fiji will resume December 17, 2021.
Sydney to Johannesburg: Qantas flights will resume on January 5, 2022, three months earlier than expected.
Sydney to Bangkok: Qantas flights will resume on January 14, 2022, more than two months earlier than expected.
Sydney to Phuket: Jetstar flights will resume on January 12, 2022, more than two months earlier than expected.
Today’s announcement builds on routes already on sale from Sydney to London and Los Angeles.
Flights to Honolulu, Vancouver, Tokyo and New Zealand are still scheduled to start from mid-December 2021, with other destinations resuming in the new year.
In accordance with all current federal government requirements, initial flights are limited to Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families and relatives.
Update of domestic flights
Qantas and Jetstar are preparing to increase capacity between Melbourne and Sydney as non-quarantine travel is expected to resume between Australia’s two largest cities.
Before COVID, Melbourne-Sydney was the second busiest route in the world, with Qantas and Jetstar operating up to 58 return services per day, but in recent blockages this has come down to one round-trip flight per day just for essential travel. .
When the Victorian and NSW borders open, Qantas and Jetstar will operate up to 18 round-trip flights per day, increasing to 37 round-trip flights per day by Christmas.
Additional capacity will be added on other routes to and from Sydney and Melbourne as restrictions are lifted by other states and territories.