Qantas brings forward the restart of international flights

Qantas will bring forward the restart of its international flights to 1 November 2021.

This follows the Federal and NSW Government’s announcement that Australia’s borders will open on that date.

The airline will operate five weekly return flights between Sydney and London and four weekly return flights between Sydney and Los Angeles.

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Qantas is flying to London and Los Angeles © Canva

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.

“In just a little over two weeks, Australians around the world can fly into Sydney and people from around Australia can leave on trips they’ve been waiting almost two years to take. We hope other states will do the same once they reach the 80 per cent target,” 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.

Fully vaccinated customers will no longer need to quarantine if they are returning to NSW. Other states are yet to reveal their plans.

At this stage, all other international routes that were scheduled to resume from 18 December 2021 will continue as planned.

However the Qantas Group is looking at bringing forward some additional destinations from Sydney if possible.  

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