Friday, October 22, 2021

Resuming India operations after a decade, Qantas to launch Delhi-Sydney flight in December

Australian airline Qantas will start a non-stop flight between Delhi and Sydney, three times a week, from December 6. The frequency of the flight will increase to a daily service by the end of the year, the airline said in a statement. It added that the flight is subject to discussions with Indian authorities to finalise approvals.

This will be the airline’s first commercial flight between India and Australia in almost a decade. The last time Qantas operated direct commercial flights between India and Australia was in 2009, when it operated to Mumbai.

“The flights will initially operate until at least late March 2022, with a view to continuing if there is sufficient demand. Delhi to Sydney flights will operate non-stop, while flights from Sydney to Delhi will operate via Darwin,” the statement added.

Over the past 12 months, the airline has operated more than 50 repatriation flights from India on behalf of the Australian Government, to take Australians home.

Before the pandemic, Air India was the only carrier providing non-stop connections between India and Australia although other airlines, such as Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways, also provided one-stop connections from various cities in India to various cities in Australia.

22/10/21 Ashwini Phadnis/Moneycontrol

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