The national airline has come to an agreement with the Northern Territory Government and Darwin Airport to temporarily reroute its flights from Melbourne and Sydney through Darwin when international flights resume later this month.
According to the Qantas Group chief executive, Alan Joyce, the national carrier has been flying repatriation services from London to Darwin as part of the airline’s efforts to help bring Australians home, so the company’s pilots have already extensive experience operating this route. Additionally, he thanked the Northern Territory government for its support.
Qantas expects that its first Sydney-Darwin-London flight would take off on November 14. The Melbourne-Darwin-London route is scheduled to begin a bit later, in December, but it could start earlier depending on discussions with the Victorian Government.
The Sydney-Darwin-London flight QF1 is supposed to fly five times a week and travel for a total of 17 hours and 20 minutes, according to Qantas.
Passengers willing to catch the flight will be required to be fully vaccinated, return a negative COVID-19 test at least 48 hours before departing and be free of symptoms. Wearing a mask for the duration of their travel and inside all airports are also a must.
Transit arrangements will be divided into two stages in line with NT COVID safety protocols. Initially travellers will be limited to Darwin Airport, but in the second stage they will be able to visit Darwin. Additionally, Darwin-based customers would be able to book seats on board the flight and travel non-stop to London.
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