Qantas will bring forward international flights from Melbourne following the Victorian Government’s decision to remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers returning from overseas from November.
The national carrier said it welcomes the decision by the Victorian Government, which was “made possible by the huge number of Victorians who have rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated.”
The updated Qantas international schedule out of Melbourne published today includes:
- Melbourne to London: Qantas flights will be brought forward to 6 November 2021, six weeks earlier than scheduled, operating two days per week with 787 aircraft and ramping up to daily from 18 December 2021.
- Melbourne to Singapore: Qantas flights will be brought forward to 22 November 2021, three weeks ahead of scheduled, operating three days per week with A330 aircraft and ramping up to daily from 18 December. Jetstar will also recommence flying four times a week between Melbourne and Singapore using 787 aircraft, a route it hasn’t flown since 2019.
Qantas will offer the first three return services on both routes as Points Planes meaning frequent flyers can access every seat across every cabin as Classic Flight Reward seats. Seats on these flights will also be available as regular flight bookings.
Victorian customers can also now book onward flights to other international destinations including Los Angeles (1 November), Fiji (7 December), Johannesburg (5 January) and Bangkok (14 January) via Sydney.
Flights from Melbourne to Los Angeles will restart from 18 December 2021 with other destinations scheduled to recommence in the new year.
Qantas and Jetstar say they will look at bringing forward additional destinations if possible.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “It’s great to see Melbourne reopening and the decision by the Victorian Government to remove quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers will make it easier for people to take the trips they’ve been longing to take. We’ve immediately brought forward our flights from Melbourne to Singapore and London in response.”
The Melbourne update follows a huge news day for Qantas who have brought forward numerous international destination start dates, will bring back all 11,000 stood-down Australian-based staff by December and announced a new Sydney-Delhi route beginning in December.
Read on for all the operational updates here.
Important info for departing international travellers
- All passengers on Qantas and Jetstar international flights (aged 12 years and older) will be required to be fully vaccinated with a TGA-approved vaccine (unless they have an exemption).
- As part of Federal Government requirements, customers on these flights will also be required to return a negative COVID test from an approved PCR testing site within 72 hours of departure.
- The Victorian Government requires all passengers travelling to Victoria to take a COVID test within 24 hours of arriving.
- Customers are advised to check government requirements for the destination they are travelling to.
- Customers who book international flights before 28 February 2022 can make ‘fee free’ date changes when travelling before 31 December 2022. (A fare difference may apply).
International flights remain subject to Government and Regulatory approval.
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