Qantas has announced it will send its crews back to work before Christmas, meaning international travel will be returning earlier than expected.
The announcement follows NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet’s decision to remove quarantine requirements for vaccinated travelers entering NSW.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia was ‘ready for taking off’ thanks to increasing vaccination rates.
The return of Australian-based Qantas and Jetstar employees in early December will see flights from Sydney to Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Johannesburg, and Fiji all resume earlier than expected. Some of the earliest international flights recently announced include Sydney to Singapore from November 23 and Sydney to Fiji which will return mid-December.
Flights from Sydney to London and Los Angeles are already on sale, in addition to flights to Honolulu, Vancouver, Tokyo, and New Zealand which are scheduled to commence from mid-December.
We know that Australians are keen to get overseas and see friends and family or have a long-awaited holiday, so bringing forward the restart of flights to these popular international destinations will give customers even more options to travel this summer.
Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas Group
In a press release, Qantas stated it was in discussions with the Indonesian government around allowing vaccinated Australians to travel to Bali with reduced or no quarantine requirements.
Qantas also revealed it will bring back its A380 and is in discussion with Boeing to accelerate the delivery of three 787 Dreamliners. The national carrier will also launch a new route from Sydney to Delhi on December 6.
As for domestic travel, Jetstar and Qantas will offer up to 18 return flights between Melbourne and Sydney each day once the Victorian and NSW borders open, meaning families and friends will be able to reunite this Christmas.
Alan Joyce also announced that a Qantas 787 would leave from Sydney to London via Darwin in just 10 days’ time.
Of course, international travel is only available to those with a vaccine passport which can be obtained through the MyGov app upon receiving at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.
This article originally appeared on Fancy