Qantas travellers hoping to jet direct from Sydney to the ‘Fog City’ of San Francisco will need to wait a little longer, with the airline delaying the route's scheduled return by an additional three months.
Flights to the Californian tourism magnet were originally slated to resume back in February, before being pushed to the end of July. The six times weekly service will now take off from October 30.
In the meantime, the Red Roo’s most rusted-on flyers will need to travel to Los Angeles and then connect to partner American Airlines for the final 90-minute hop.
Brisbane and Melbourne to San Francisco, both popular routes in pre-pandemic times, remain missing in action from schedules at present, with no dates currently pencilled for their return.
Considering the hassle involved in transiting at LAX – a process which would take at least twice as long as the flight to San Fran itself – the direct Sydney-San Francisco service of United Airlines will no doubt prove the smarter choice.
United, which officially takes off as Virgin Australia’s new partner for US flights from May 24, will also resume its three times weekly Melbourne-San Francisco service on June 5.
Qantas is gradually rebuilding and expanding its international network, unveiling a host of new routes including Sydney-Seoul and Sydney-Bengaluru, in addition to the official return of Project Sunrise, seeing direct flights to London and New York from 2025.