Qantas and Jetstar domestic flights will resume within WEEKS with Sydney-Melbourne route restored – but don’t expect to fly to Perth until February 2022
Qantas and Jetstar will resume domestic flight routes within weeks after several states released their Covid-19 roadmaps to freedom.
The airlines have confirmed that the Melbourne-Sydney routes will depart from November 5, a month earlier than the previous date of December 1.
Qantas and Jetstar will also ‘significantly increase’ regional NSW routes from October 25 to 40 percent pre-Covid levels in line with the state’s roadmap after Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian released more details on Monday.
But flights between Western Australia and NSW and Victoria have been delayed by two months until February next year, based on border assumptions.
“It’s great to see plans for some domestic borders opening, given the success of the national vaccine rollout,” said Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.
“We now plan to increase flights almost a month earlier than expected between Melbourne and Sydney, which tends to be the second busiest flight route in the world.
“There are also many regional destinations opening for the first time since June, which is good news for tourism, but also for family and friends who can’t wait to see each other again.”
“Get ready for emotional airport reunions from the end of October.”
Travel between Greater Sydney and regional NSW will be allowed once NSW reaches the 80 per cent double dose target, expected by the end of October.
Qantas will continue to operate five return flights per week between Perth and both Sydney and Melbourne for passengers who are allowed to travel.
International flights remain on track to gradually restart from December 18.
Qantas confirmed to ‘temporarily reroute its flagship Perth-London service until at least April 2022 due to WA’s latest border settings and assumptions’
More to come