Qantas will bring forward the restart of international flights from Sydney to London and Los Angeles following today's announcement that New South Wales will abandon hotel and home quarantine for all fully-vaccinated travellers from November 1.
The airline's flagship Sydney-Los Angeles and Sydney-London flights – which were previously scheduled to take off from November 14 – will now be brought ahead to Monday November 1.
The airline says there'll be up to five return flights a week from Sydney to London, and up to four return flights a week from Sydney to Los Angeles, with more flights to be added based on demand.
With those flights now on sale, Qantas says "passengers who have already booked to travel to and from Los Angeles or London and want to travel earlier can make a fee-free date change to their flight on the ‘manage my booking’ section of qantas.com (a fare difference may apply)."
The airline says these initial flights will be "limited to Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families and parents in line with Australian Government requirements."
Other Sydney flights could also restart earlier
Flights from Sydney to several other destinations – including Singapore, Fiji and Vancouver – which were slated for December 18 may also be moved up to November, the airline says.
"Bringing forward the reopening of Australia to the world and removing quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers entering New South Wales is a massive step towards life as we knew it" said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce, who added that "removing quarantine for the fully vaccinated is a sensible approach and brings New South Wales into line with many other global cities."
"In just a little over two weeks, Australians around the world can fly into Sydney and people from around Australia can leave on trips they've been waiting almost two years to take. We hope other states will do the same once they reach the 80 per cent target."
Passengers on all international Qantas flights will need to be fully vaccinated, although the airline says it will make "exemptions for medical reasons and children."
Qantas will use the Travel Pass app to certify vaccination records and the results of pre-departure PCR tests, and is also offering travel insurance with 'Covid-19 cover'.