In recent developments, as Federal and New South Wales governments decide to open borders from the beginning of November, Qantas airlines has confirmed that they will resume a selected few of their international flights from November 1st, two weeks prior to their original plan.
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The airline will be using B787 Dreamliner aircraft for its operations which will include five return flights from Sydney to London and also up to four return flights from Sydney to Los Angeles in a week. The airline has also confirmed that more flights will be added to meet demand if needed.
As per the reports, these flights will be only limited to Australian citizens, permanent residents, and their immediate families and parents in line with Australian Government requirements for an initial time period.
However, the airline will resume its services to other international stops such as Singapore, Fiji, and Vancouver in mid-December as per the schedule. Also, an agreement was made between the Northern Territory Government and Darwin airport, which will allow the carrier to launch non-stop flights between Darwin and London from the next month. The carrier has called its move to change its flagship non-stop flights between Perth and London to depart from Darwin as a temporary move, and they cited “conservative border policies in Western Australia” as the reason for the same.
The CEO of Qantas Group, Alan Joyce, said that reopening Australia to the world and removing quarantine requirements for vaccinated travellers entering new South Wales is a massive step. He also said that they are hoping for other states to do the same when they reach the eighty percent target. He described removing quarantine for the fully vaccinated as a sensible approach that will bring New South Wales in line with many other global cities. He further thanked the Prime Minister and Premiere Perrotted for the leadership shown by them for opening the Australian borders again.