Qantas will bring forward the restart of its international flights by two weeks to 1 November 2021 after the Federal and New South Wales governments confirmed borders will now reopen on that date.
The national carrier has also welcomed the decision by the NSW Government to remove quarantine arrangements for fully vaccinated arrivals, which is in line with many countries around the world.
Qantas will operate up to five return flights a week from Sydney to London and up to four return flights a week from Sydney to Los Angeles with its Boeing 787 Dreamliners from 1 November. More flights will be added to meet demand if needed.
The two destinations have been the most searched in recent weeks, reports Qantas.
Fares start from $1662 return for Sydney-Los Angeles and $1869 return for Sydney-London.
Qantas will add more international flights to the schedule if the demand increases.
“We know Australians can’t wait to travel overseas and be reunited with their loved ones, and literally thousands are waiting to come back home, so this faster restart is fantastic news,” says Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.
All flights on both routes for the first week will be ‘Points Planes’. This means frequent flyers can access uncapped Classic Flight Reward seats across all cabins.
Seats on these flights will also be available as regular flight bookings.
Should the government change the international flight date, customers will be able to make ‘fee free’ date changes for travel until 31 December 2022.
What do I have to do to get on a flight?
In accordance with government requirements customers on these flights will need to be fully vaccinated with a TGA-recognised vaccine. The only exceptions will be for those under 12 or with a medical exemption.
They will need to return a negative PCR COVID test 72 hours prior to departure.
Customers on these flights will also need to quarantine at home for seven days.
At this stage, all other international routes that were scheduled to resume from 18 December 2021 will continue as planned.