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Australia Qantas to fly Sydneysiders overseas from November 1, Virgin brings forward Fiji flights

09:20  15 october  2021
09:20  15 october  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Qantas will bring forward its planned restart date for international flights to and from NSW by two weeks.

The new date is November 1, as opposed to the previously flagged November 14.

It follows NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet's announcement on Friday to scrap hotel quarantine for fully vaccinated international arrivals from the start of next month.

However, international flights will be limited to Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families and parents, Qantas said, in line with the federal government's restrictions.

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Flights to London and Los Angeles (from Sydney) will be the first international routes that Qantas will fly, from November 1.

But for those who want to visit Singapore, Fiji and Vancouver (from Sydney), they will have to wait until December 18.

Virgin accelerates Fiji flights

Virgin Australia has also brought forward its overseas flights, with Fiji being the first destination on offer.

It will allow Sydneysiders to fly to Nadi from December 16 (one week earlier than it previously flagged).

The smaller airline will fly travellers from Melbourne and Brisbane (to Nadi) from December 17 and 18 respectively.

"We’re pleased to bring forward the resumption of our Fiji services to better align with the start of the summer holiday period, making it easier for travellers to get to their destination in advance of the festive season," Virgin said in a statement.

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"We know Australians are excited to finally be able to travel overseas again which is evident by the strong booking demand we’ve experienced for our Fiji flights since the federal government announced the roadmap to reopening Australia to the world earlier this month."

'Massive step' towards pre-COVID life

Qantas said it will also enforce COVID-19 restrictions for those who want to travel internationally.

The airline will only fly passengers (aged 12 and over) who are fully vaccinated with TGA-approved vaccines, unless they have a vaccine exemption.

Travellers will also need to return a negative COVID test (from an approved PCR testing site) 72 hours before their overseas flight departs.

"Bringing forward the reopening of Australia to the world and removing quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers entering New South Wales is a massive step towards life as we knew it," said Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.

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"In just a little over two weeks, Australians around the world can fly into Sydney and people from around Australia can leave on trips they’ve been waiting almost two years to take.

"We hope other states will do the same once they reach the 80 per cent target."

Qantas did not provide specific dates on when it will offer international flights to and from other Australian cities, though that will depend on when they reach the 80 per cent vaccination target.


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Qantas brings forward international travel .
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has announced the national carrier will bring forward the restart of a range of international flights.Massive demand for air travel has been triggered by the announcement Australia's international border will open on November 1 in NSW.

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