Here’s when you can expect to start flying domestically within Australia

Qantas and Jetstar have updated their flight schedules in response to the reopening plans of Victoria, NSW and WA.

The airlines announced the changes on Monday in line with the latest border assumptions of each state.

Here are the key changes and the dates you can expect to fly between the states with Qantas and Jetstar.

The key changes

  • The reopen date for travel between Victoria and NSW has been brought forward to 5 November 2021 from 1 December 2021. This is based on Victoria’s reopening plan.
  • Qantas and Jetstar will significantly increase regional flights in NSW from 25 October 2021. This is in line with the NSW State Government’s roadmap. But it will only increase to around 40 per cent of pre-COVID levels.
  • Domestic flights between WA and Victoria/NSW has been delayed till 1 February 2022. This is based on WA’s border assumptions.

“It’s great to see plans firming up for some domestic borders opening given the success of the national vaccine rollout,” Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, said.

“Get ready to see some emotional reunions at airports from late October onwards.”

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Residents in Melbourne and Victoria can expect reunions sooner than originally planned thanks to Qantas and Jetstar updated flight schedules.

Qantas will continue to operate five return flights a week between Perth and both Sydney and Melbourne. These flights will only operate for people with permits to travel.

There is no change to Qantas or Jetstar flights between WA, Tasmania, Northern Territory and South Australia.

Flights between WA and Queensland will increase once border restrictions are removed, hopefully in coming weeks.

Both Qantas and Jetstar said they would adjust their flight schedules in response to changes by states as restrictions ease in the weeks ahead.

What about international travel?

Flights are still on track to gradually restart from 18 December 2021 onwards. This is when government expects Australia will reach National Cabinet’s ‘Phase C’ vaccination threshold of 80 per cent.

However Qantas will temporarily reroute its flagship Perth-London service until at least April 2022 due to the latest WA border settings and assumptions.

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