Qantas has confirmed that it will restart its non-stop flights between London and Australia on 14th November.
Due to restrictions on using Perth (the route used to operate directly from London to Perth), flights will land in Darwin.
From Darwin, the aircraft will – after a short stop – carry on to either Melbourne or Sydney. All flights will continue to Sydney until 18th December due to current restrictions in Melbourne.
This arrangement will remain in place until at least April 2022, by which point Qantas hopes to restart London to Perth. It has left the door open to retaining the route to Darwin if it performs well.
Oddly, it will not be possible to book a flight from London to Darwin due to restrictions on entering the city. Passengers will be confined to the international part of the airport until the aircraft has been cleaned and prepared for the onward flight to Sydney or Melbourne.
As soon as restrictions are eased in Darwin, it will be possible to book flights directly to the city or build in a Darwin stopover.
Note that Australia will not be accepting tourists initially. These flights are only for Australian residents and those with specific permission to enter the country.
The service will operate five days per week. The leg from London to Darwin is 13,800 km and is a 17 hour 20 minute non-stop flight.
Qantas does not accept unvaccinated passengers on international flights.
You can find out more on the Qantas website here.
You can, in theory, book this flight using Avios – as Qantas is a oneworld alliance member alongside British Airways – but premium cabin seating has always been incredibly difficult to find.
The Qantas website is here.