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Runways return: Qantas announces international flights from Melbourne

Qantas has announced the return of two key international routes to Melbourne after the Victorian government moved to scrap quarantine.

22/10/2021 10:49:00 AM

Qantas has announced the return of two key international routes to Melbourne after the Victorian government moved to scrap quarantine.

Melburnians will be able to fly to London and Singapore weeks ahead of schedule after Qantas announced it would be moving forward the return of the key international routes to early November.

The Melbourne to London route will be brought forward to November 6 – six weeks earlier than originally planned – which will operate two times a week.The popular route will ramp up to daily flights on December 18.Melbourne to Singapore will also return, with Qantas announcing the route will restart on November 22, three weeks ahead of schedule.

Travellers can expect three flights a week before it returns to a daily route from December 18, while Jetstar will also recommence flying four times a week.Victorians can also look forward to booking onward flights to Los Angeles (November 1), Fiji (December 7), Johannesburg (January 5), and Bangkok (January 14).

Melbourne to Los Angeles flights will resume from December 18 2021.Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said it was “great to see Melbourne reopening”, declaring his support for the Andrews government’s move to scrap quarantine.“The decision by the Victorian Government to remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers will make it easier for people to take the trips they’ve been longing to take,” he said. headtopics.com

“We’ve immediately brought forward our flights from Melbourne to Singapore and London in response.”Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed on Friday that fully vaccinated international travellers flying into Melbourne will not have to spend 14 days in hotel or home quarantine from November 1.

From November 1 there will no longer be a limit on the number of fully vaccinated Australians entering Victoria but unvaccinated arrivals will be capped at 250 travellers each week.The international arrivals must prove their vaccination status - with the jab being one approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) - to the Commonwealth.

The TGA recognised vaccines are: Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, COVID-19 (Johnson and Johnson), Coronavac (Sinovac) and Covidshield (AstraZeneca/Serum Institute of India).The Qantas Chief Executive also announced on Friday the return of international routes through Sydney after Premier Dominic Perrottet moved to scrap quarantine last week.

“This 20 months (of the pandemic) is probably the darkest period in Qantas' 100 year history,” Mr Joyce said.“It is very clear that because Australians have rolled up their sleeves and taken the jab, we can see that light.“We are getting more aircraft back in the air. We are starting more international operations and very importantly, we are getting more of our people back to work.” headtopics.com

The updated international schedule for Sydney published today also includes:Sydney to Singapore: Qantas flights will resume on November 23 2021, four weeks earlier than scheduled, operating three days per week with A330 aircraft. Services will ramp up to daily from December 18 2021. Jetstar will fly from Melbourne and Darwin to Singapore from December 16 2021.

Sydney to Fiji (Nadi):Qantas flights will be brought forward to December 7 2021 from December 19 2021. Four return flights a week will be operated by 737 aircraft. Jetstar flights to Fiji will resume on December 17 2021. Within 48 hours of Fiji announcing its reopening, Jetstar saw a 200 per cent increase in sales versus pre-COVID levels, selling more fares than a typical seven day period.

Sydney to Johannesburg:Qantas flights will resume on January 5 2022, three months earlier than scheduled. Three return flights a week will be operated by 787 aircraft.Sydney to Bangkok: Qantas flights will resume on January 14 2022, more than two months earlier than scheduled. Five return flights a week will be operated by A330 aircraft.

Sydney to Phuket:  Read more: Sky News Australia »

Morrison calls on states to allow Australians 'to have their lives back'

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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to make significant international travel announcementHaven’t flown QANTAS for ages and not about to start. ... confirming big business runs the country not the government. Really u listen to him,SHAME on him and the airline, it’s on going behaviour towards employees is un Australian, AVOID flying with this airline

Qantas brings forward some international routes as NSW gets set to reopen Qantas will bring forward the restart of flights between Sydney and destinations including Singapore and Bangkok and also says all 11,000 of its stood-down employees will be back to work in December. pwhatch Who was the dopey looking guy with a weird smile pwhatch Wish this brought more joy than trepidation. pwhatch This has always been a Qantas led reopening push. Profits over health have been Joyce's playbook since the begining of the pandemic. He opposed closed borders. He pushed for zero quarantine. Quite scary to see their influence is do deep.

WATCH LIVE: PM, NSW Premier Qantas CEO make 'significant' announcementPrime Minister Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet will join Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to make an announcement on international travel . Join Sky News Australia live from 7:30am. Any news on when we will recognise the Sinopharm vaccine The WHO have given it approval and the USA recognise it. No use in flying to countries that have a large proportion vaccinated with Sinopharm given the TGA is dragging its feet with its approval. Needs approval ASAP! The PM of NSW and the Premier of Australia to make an announcement with Jobkeeper Rorter Alan Joyce. There, fixed it for you

Qantas boss’s subtle dig at Western AustraliaThe Qantas boss has taken a subtle swipe at Western Australia when he joined the Prime Minister to make a major announcement about international travel . No one cares next crisis can we just liquidate QAN's equity to zero so the gov't can buy it back for 1c rather than propping them up with our billions. GF Joyce

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‘Open up to get our economy going’: Qantas targets pre-COVID domestic flying by January Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says his airline plans to return to pre-COVID levels of domestic flying by January, with the reopening of state borders expected to spark a rapid recovery in travel demand over summer | pwhatch ausbiz Qantas pwhatch Great news but I won’t be flying Qantas. Lost their way. pwhatch Tell him he’s dreaming pwhatch Selfish and callous CEO puts his greed above everything