Qantas has confirmed it is going to function its flagship direct route from Australia to London by way of Darwin when worldwide flights resume subsequent month with the reopening of the border.
The nationwide service has reached an settlement with the Northern Territory authorities and Darwin Airport to briefly reroute its flights from Melbourne and Sydney via Darwin.
The Darwin hub association will likely be in place in time for borders reopening from November 14th till not less than April subsequent 12 months when London flights are scheduled to function by way of Perth once more.
Whereas it is a short-term change to the route, Qantas mentioned it will “watch the way it performs and is open-minded about what it might result in down the observe”.
The Sydney-Darwin-London route will start on November 14th, whereas the Melbourne-Darwin-London route is at the moment scheduled to start on December 18th.
Nonetheless, it might begin earlier relying on discussions with the Victorian authorities on shorter quarantine preparations for returning travellers.
Qantas Group chief govt, Alan Joyce, mentioned the brand new route by way of Darwin will likely be made attainable because of the help from the Northern Territory authorities who’ve been instrumental in serving to Qantas facilitate the brand new route in a put up Covid-19 working surroundings.
He added: “The Kangaroo route is likely one of the most iconic on the Qantas worldwide community and we’re delighted that Darwin will play an important function in Australia’s put up pandemic reopening to the world.
“Qantas has been flying repatriation companies from London to Darwin as a part of the airline’s efforts to assist carry Australians house over the previous 12 months, so our pilots have already got intensive expertise working this specific route.”