International flights are selling out with overseas travel to resume NEXT MONTH

Qantas has announced that they’re restarting their international flights next month, after the New South Wales and Federal governments confirmed that international travel will be able to resume from November 1.

The New South Wales government announced that quarantine will be removed for anyone coming into the state from overseas from November 1.

It essentially means that international travellers will be able to fly into New South Wales and not have to undergo hotel or home quarantine provided they’re fully vaccinated.


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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says after the NSW government flagged the removal of quarantine, demand for international flights skyrocketed.

All of this is possible because of the Federal Government’s announcement that on November 1, we will start to open our borders again and the New South Wales announcement that Australians fully vaccinated do not have to do quarantine in this State,” Mr Joyce said.

“That has been a phenomenal reaction that we have seen to it.

“Firstly, we have now moved those flights earlier because of that. We have added 20 flights to London, in particular, and demand has been massive. In a few hours, a large number of those flights sold out.

“They are extremely strong demand of people wanting to get back into Australia for Christmas.

“We have also seen four of last five weeks, Qantas’ sales are bigger on international than they have been on domestic. That hasn’t happened since COVID began.

Qantas and Jetstar are now bringing forward their intended restart of other international routes, with services from Sydney to Singapore to restart on November 23, 4 weeks ahead of schedule.

They’ll operate three days a week, with an A330 Aircraft. They’ll then become a daily service from December 16.

Flights between Sydney and Fiji will also resume from December 7, while flights between Sydney and Johannesburg will restart from January 5.

The airline is also bringing back two of its Airbus A380 aircraft earlier than expected and is also in discussions with Boeing about accelerating the delivery of three brand new 780 Dreamliners.

While international flights will mainly be operating through New South Wales to begin with, Prime Minister Scott Morrison believes that other states will soon follow suit.

That begins with the decisions that have been taken here by the New South Wales Government which I have no doubt will be quickly followed by those in other states, as we are already seeing in Victoria today. 

“The Premier of Victoria today will be making some further announcements and I’m looking forward to those.

“I know the Premier of Tasmania will be making further announcements today and I’m looking forward to those.

“I won’t pre-empt those, other than to say that the national plan is working, Australia is coming together, and we are realising the great efforts of the Australian people in rolling up their sleeves so we can move forward together and re-engage,” Mr Morrison said.

More to come.