Qantas confirms it will fly Joburg to Perth again in November, reconnecting SA expats | Businessinsider

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Qantas confirms it will fly Joburg to Perth again in November, reconnecting SA expats

Qantas confirms it will fly Joburg to Perth again in November, reconnecting SA expats

Flights are due three times a week, starting at R20,000, with hopes a big South African community in Perth will help fill seats.

Qantas announced on Friday , reconnecting South Africa to Western Australia.The routes are the latest of eight new international services the national carrier has announced since Australia’s international borders re-opened in November 2021, the group said in a statement.Qantas Airways slashed domestic flight schedules until March next year to help offset the rising cost of fuel, a step that’s likely to drive fares even higher.The routes are the latest of eight new international services the national carrier has announced since Australia’s international borders re-opened in November 2021, the group said in a statement.

Qantas expects the route to be popular with the large South African expat community in Perth, and those visiting them.Currently, travelling to Perth requires at least one stop, with a minimum layover of four hours, and total travel times can easily hit a full day.Johannesburg From 1 November, Qantas will operate the only direct service from Perth to South Africa, operating three return flights per week on its Airbus A330 aircraft, Qantas said.Qantas says its direct flight will cut travel time by at least six hours, with flight times of between 10 and 11 hours.The depth and duration of the reductions highlight the burden on airlines as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine drives up the price of oil – and jet fuel.The flights are due to start on 1 November, and will run three times a week, Qantas said.“With a large South African community in Perth, the flights are expected to be popular with people visiting family and friends as well as business and leisure travellers.The airline currently has four flights a week between Johannesburg and Sydney, which it says has had"strong bookings" since restarting in January – and will be increasing to daily flights from 30 October.The route will also offer convenient one-stop connections for people travelling to and from other Australian cities.

"There’s a big South African population that lives in Western Australia and this will be great for people travelling in both directions to see family and friends," said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce in a statement.” Qantas’ existing four flights per week from Sydney to Johannesburg on its Boeing 787 aircraft have had strong bookings since they recommenced in January this year and will increase to daily from 30 October, the airline said.The airline also took steps to address the travel chaos that has hit major airports in Australia as the depleted industry struggles to deal with a passenger rebound: 15% increase in ground-handling staff compared with Easter 20% more staff on standby to step in for sick employees New check-in and baggage kiosks, starting in Sydney A$5,000 bonus for as many as 19,000 staff if they agree to a new pay deal and stay at Qantas."It will also help support the economic ties between Australia and South Africa." Return tickets for the Johannesburg to Perth route are now on sale starting at R20,000.Our direct flights from Perth to London and Rome are selling really strongly, which gives us the confidence to add new routes from our western hub,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce.The flights are due to be on an Airbus A330, with 250 seats in total, about a tenth of those in business class.Qantas has long hinted at desire and even plans to fly between Perth and Johannesburg, with strenuous lobbying from the Western Australia government.It will also help support the economic ties between Australia and South Africa.It will also help support the economic ties between Australia and South Africa.

The flight is supported by a"Reconnect WA" package aimed at boosting tourism, though the exact details of any subsidy have not been made public.South African Airways, the only other previous provider of direct flights to Perth, is not expected to be operational on that route for some time, if ever.Read:.Get the best of our site.

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