Qantas International Flights From Australia Scheduled for Dec. 18

By Epoch Times Sydney Staff
Epoch Times Sydney Staff
Epoch Times Sydney Staff
September 15, 2021 Updated: September 15, 2021

Qantas’s first commercial international flights from Australia in nearly two years are scheduled to take off on Dec. 18 and the two days following, right after the Federal Government’s overseas travel ban deadline on Dec. 17.

The flights will depart from Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. The first destinations include London, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Singapore, Tokyo, Fiji, and Honolulu.

“On current projections, Australia is expected to reach National Cabinet’s 80 percent vaccination threshold in December 2021, which would trigger the gradual reopening of international borders,” the company said on its website.

“If assumptions change or dates move, our restart plans will be adjusted accordingly and we’ll keep you updated.”

While the flights still depend on the Federal Government’s final decision on when to open the international border, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce is relatively confident.

“It’s obviously up to government exactly how and when our international borders re-open, but with Australia on track to meet the 80 percent trigger agreed by National Cabinet by the end of the year, we need to plan ahead for what is a complex restart process,” Joyce said.

“Some people might say we’re being too optimistic, but based on the pace of the vaccine rollout, this is within reach and we want to make sure we’re ready.”

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Passengers wearing face masks arrive on a Qantas flight into Ballina Byron Gateway Airport in Ballina, Australia on April 1, 2021 . (James D. Morgan/Getty Images)

The cheapest tickets for Sydney-London on Dec. 18 have already sold out, according to Qantas’ booking site. The one-way tickets to London and Los Angeles are around $1600 and $2300.

International flights are noticeably absent from Perth, the capital state of Western Australia, which plans to keep its border shut even after reaching the vaccination target.

“Unfortunately, I think there are one or two states that are taking a more conservative view on that, and departing from the national plan,”  Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said in a business conference last week reported.

“We might get into a situation where from Sydney you can visit your relatives in London, maybe Dublin, but you can’t visit your relatives in Perth, or maybe Cairns.”

Qantas has noted that all passengers will need to be fully vaccinated to board international flights, and required all its frontline staff to get their second dose by Nov. 15.

Meanwhile, Air Canada has also made vaccination mandatory for its Sydney-Vancouver flight scheduled on Dec. 17.

The full list of Qantas international flights for December are:

  • Sydney-London (December 18)
  • Melbourne-London (December 18)
  • Sydney-Los Angeles (December 18)
  • Melbourne-Los Angeles (December 19)
  • Brisbane-Los Angeles (December 19)
  • Sydney-Honolulu (December 20)
  • Sydney-Vancouver (December 18)
  • Sydney-Singapore (December 18)
  • Melbourne-Singapore (December 18)
  • Brisbane-Singapore (December 19)
  • Sydney-Tokyo (December 19)
  • Sydney-Fiji (December 19)