Latest updates: Australia’s Qantas to restart more international flights sooner than expected
Qantas, Australia’s national carrier, said on Friday it would start reopening a number of international routes as early as November, in the last major step in reopening the country after some of the longest blockages in the world.
The airline also said it would welcome all of its 22,000 employees into full-time work in early December, six months ahead of its original schedule.
The news follows the company’s announcement last Friday that it would resume flights to London and Los Angeles early next month, with Australia’s vaccination rates allowing it to move forward with the reopening both nationally and globally.
Qantas said flights to Singapore would resume from November 23, four weeks earlier than expected. Also on Friday, Singapore Airlines revealed that it will restart flights from its flagship A380 to Sydney on December 1.
Qantas flights to Fiji will follow in early December, the company said, with connections to Johannesburg, Bangkok and Phuket returning in January 2022.
Flights would be restricted to Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia and their immediate families, in accordance with government regulations, the company added.
“The NSW government’s decision to reach many cities around the world by removing the quarantine for fully vaccinated travelers means we are able to add these flights from Sydney much sooner than we would have otherwise. “said Alan Joyce, Managing Director of Qantas.
Qantas shares jumped 4.9% in morning trading before falling back at noon.