Executive Traveller exclusive
Qantas has delayed the proposed March 29, 2021 restart of its flights to Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan.
The trio of popular Asian destinations were set to join New Zealand as the airline's sole international destinations through to mid-2021, in the hope of COVID-safe travel bubbles opening up to those countries.
However, Qantas' revised schedule now sees its Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan flights pushed back to July 1, 2021.
Executive Traveller understands this reflects a shift in Qantas' thinking on the prospects of two-way travel bubbles opening up on a reliable basis, as evidenced by recent outbreaks within Australia as well as a last-minute halt to the proposed Singapore-Hong Kong bubble.
On the bright side, July 1 is when the rest of Qantas' international network is now set to resume – including the rest of Asia as well as the USA and London.
"We continue to review and update our international schedule in response to the developing COVID-19 situation," a Qantas spokesperson told Executive Traveller.
"Recently we have aligned the selling of our international services to reflect our expectation that international travel will begin to restart from July 2021."