Qantas’ first commercial international flight from Australia in about two years will take off on December 18 and two days after the federal government’s ban on overseas travel on December 17.
Flights depart from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. First destinations include London, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Singapore, Tokyo, Fiji and Honolulu.
“Current forecasts are that Australia will reach 80% immunization standards in the country’s cabinet in December 2021, which will cause a gradual reopening of the border,” the company’s website said. rice field.
“If assumptions change or dates change, the restart plan will be adjusted accordingly to keep it up to date.”
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce is relatively confident, although flights still rely on the federal government’s final decision on when to open the border.
“It’s clearly up to the government when and how our borders will reopen, but Australia is on track to meet the 80% trigger agreed by the State Cabinet by the end of the year, with a complex reopening. You need to plan something in advance. The process, “Joyce said.
“Some may say we are too optimistic, but based on the pace of vaccine deployment, we want to make sure this is within reach and ready.”
According to the Qantas booking site, the cheapest tickets for Sydney-London on December 18th are already sold out. One-way tickets to London and Los Angeles cost about $ 1,600 and $ 2,300.
International flights are significantly absent in Perth, the capital of Western Australia, which plans to close its borders even after reaching vaccination goals.
“Unfortunately, I have a more conservative view of it, National planQantas CEO Alan Joyce reported at a business meeting last week at traveler.com.au.
“You can get into a situation where you can visit relatives from Sydney to London, perhaps Dublin, but not relatives in Perth or Cairns.”
Qantas states that all passengers must be fully vaccinated to board an international flight and that all frontline staff must be vaccinated a second time by November 15.
Meanwhile, Air Canada also mandates vaccinations for that. Sydney-Vancouver The flight is scheduled for December 17th.
The full list of Qantas international flights in December is as follows:
- Sydney-London (December 18th)
- Melbourne-London (December 18th)
- Sydney-Los Angeles (December 18)
- Melbourne-Los Angeles (December 19th)
- Brisbane-Los Angeles (December 19th)
- Sydney-Honolulu (December 20th)
- Sydney-Vancouver (December 18)
- Sydney-Singapore (December 18)
- Melbourne-Singapore (December 18)
- Brisbane-Singapore (December 19th)
- Sydney-Tokyo (December 19th)
- Sydney-Fiji (December 19th)