Qantas has confirmed it’s going to function its flagship direct route from Australia to London through Darwin when worldwide flights resume subsequent month with the reopening of the border.
The nationwide service has reached an settlement with the Northern Territory authorities and Darwin Airport to briefly reroute its flights from Melbourne and Sydney via Darwin.
The Darwin hub association might be in place in time for borders reopening from November 14th till no less than April subsequent yr when London flights are scheduled to function through Perth once more.
While it is a non permanent change to the route, Qantas mentioned it will “watch how it performs and is open-minded about what it could lead to down the track”.
The Sydney-Darwin-London route will start on November 14th, whereas the Melbourne-Darwin-London route is at the moment scheduled to start on December 18th.
However, it may begin earlier relying on discussions with the Victorian authorities on shorter quarantine preparations for returning travellers.
Qantas Group chief govt, Alan Joyce, mentioned the brand new route through Darwin might be made attainable because of the assist from the Northern Territory authorities who’ve been instrumental in serving to Qantas facilitate the brand new route in a submit Covid-19 working surroundings.
He added: “The Kangaroo route is among the most iconic on the Qantas worldwide community and we’re delighted that Darwin will play an important function in Australia’s submit pandemic reopening to the world.
“Qantas has been flying repatriation services from London to Darwin as part of the airline’s efforts to help bring Australians home over the past 12 months, so our pilots already have extensive experience operating this particular route.”