Qantas will bring forward the return of many popular overseas routes from Sydney as demand surges following the removal of quarantine and Australia's international travel ban from November 1.
Flights from Sydney to Fiji, Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket and Johannesburg will all resume ahead of schedule.
"We know that Australians are keen to get overseas and see friends and family or have a long awaited holiday, so bringing forward the restart of flights to these popular international destinations will give customers even more options to travel this summer," says Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.
"The decision by the NSW Government to join many cities from around the world by removing quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers means we're able to add these flights from Sydney much earlier than we would have otherwise."
Joyce says that in recent weeks, ticket sales for international flights to and from Sydney have outstripped sales on domestic flights, "which shows how important certainty is to people when making travel plans."
Here's the latest Qantas schedule, effective as of October 22 2021.
Sydney to Singapore: Qantas flights will resume on 23 November 2021, four weeks earlier than scheduled, operating three days per week with A330 aircraft; those flights will ramp up to daily from 18 December 2021, while Jetstar will fly from Melbourne and Darwin to Singapore from 16 December 2021.
Sydney to Fiji: Qantas flights shift forward to 7 December 2021 (they were previously 19 December), with four Boeing 737 flights a week; Jetstar's flights to Fiji will resume on 17 December 2021.
Sydney to Bangkok: Qantas today says its flights will resume on 14 January 2022, more than two months earlier than scheduled, with five Airbus A330 flights per week.
However, as we reported earlier this morning, Thailand will open to fully-vaccinated Australians without the need to quarantine from November 1, so this could spark an even earlier departure for QF23.
(Jetstar also says it'll restart three weekly Sydney-Phuket Boeing 787 flights on 12 January 2022.)
Sydney to Johannesburg: there's a massive leap here, with Qantas advancing its previously planned late March 2022 return for QF63 for a January 5 restart, with three Boeing 787 flights per week on the 14-hour trek.
At the time of writing, flights to several other Asian destinations remain lined up on the runway from Sunday March 27:
- Sydney-Bali/Denpasar QF43 is slated to run daily from March 27, with Melbourne-Bali/Denpasar QF45 daily from March 28; both flights will be handled by a Boeing 737
- Sydney-Jakarta QF41 resumes March 27 with an Airbus A330 showing six days a week
- Sydney-Manila QF19 is another daily Airbus A330 flying from March 27
Qantas is also opening a new route between Sydney and Delhi from December 6, with an initial three flight per week "building to daily flights by end of the year."
"While these flights will initially be for Australians and their families, we expect tourists from Singapore, South Africa and India to take advantage of these flights once borders reopen to international visitors, which is great news for the industry," Joyce remarked.
As reported earlier today, Qantas will also bring forward the return of the Airbus A380 onto the Sydney-Los Angeles route to April 2022.