Qantas accelerates international flight schedule

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce is happy to see Australia opening up to the world.

Qantas is bringing forward its plans to begin international flights on some routes.

Flights from Sydney to Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Johannesburg and Fiji will resume ahead of schedule, while the carrier will also launch a new route from Sydney to Delhi in December.

Sydney to Singapore flights will resume on November 23; Sydney to Fiji resumes on December 7; Sydney to Johannesburg resumes on January 5; Sydney to Bangkok resumes on January 14; and Sydney to Phuket resumes on January 12.

“We have gone through an unbelievable 20 months, so it is really great that we have the staff, aircraft and engineers, pilots and cabin crew here to hear this amazing news,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said.

“It has meant we have had to ground aircraft, stand down people and restructure the business. But there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

The accelerated launch of international routes and the return of the carrier’s flagship A380s means all Australian-based Qantas and Jetstar employees will be able to return to work in early December.

“We are getting more aircraft back in the air,” said Joyce. “We are starting more international operations and very importantly, we are getting more of our people back to work.”