Qantas has launched commercial flights between Australia and India for the first time in almost a decade.
The Sydney-Delhi service and the Melbourne-Delhi service have been the fastest-selling routes on the national carrier’s international network since borders reopened, with most flights in December almost entirely sold out.
Qantas is operating three weekly return flights from Sydney to Delhi, which will increase in January 2022, and four weekly return flights from Melbourne to begin from December 22, 2021.
It’s the first time Qantas has operated a commercial service to India since the end of its Brisbane to Mumbai service in 2012 and the airline’s first regular passenger flight from Australia to Delhi since 1974.
“We’re thrilled to be beginning commercial flights to India for the first time in almost a decade,” says Qantas Domestic and International CEO Andrew David. “There are very strong trade and economic links between Australia and India, and both the Melbourne and Sydney routes will help support that as international travel starts to normalise.”
Over the past 12 months, Qantas operated more than 60 repatriation flights on behalf of the Federal Government flights to bring Australians home from India.
All passengers on Qantas international flights are required to be fully vaccinated, unless they are under 12 years old, are 12-17-year-olds travelling to Australia with their family or guardian, or have an exemption. For full details, visit qantas.com.
Initial international flights are limited to Australian citizens, permanent residents, and their immediate families and parents in line with Federal Government requirements. A number of other visa holders are expected to be able to re-enter Australia in the coming weeks
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