Qantas flights from Darwin to London are set to take off next month after the airline finalized its deal with the Northern Territory government.
The new service begins Nov. 14 and flies until at least April 2022, hoping the route can remain in the air into the future.
‘The kangaroo route is one of the most iconic on Qanta’s international network,’ CEO Alan Joyce said on Friday.
Qantas flights from Darwin to London will start on November 14 by agreement with the Northern Territory government
‘We are delighted that Darwin will play a key role in Australia’s post-pandemic reopening to the world.’
The return route temporarily replaces flights from Perth to London after the WA government announced it was not likely to open for international travel until next year.
Passengers on connecting flights from COVID-19 hotspots, such as Sydney and Melbourne, will be able to disembark at the Darwin International Airport terminal without quarantine following an agreement to make it a travel bubble.
But they will have to show proof of full vaccination and wear a mask.
They also need a negative PCR test result before boarding their connecting flights to Darwin and have no COVID-19 symptoms.
The flight to London takes 17 hours and 20 minutes.
The airline will temporarily replace Perth for London flights after Western Australia said it would not open international flights until next year
‘I thank Qantas and Darwin International Airport for working with us to make this direct route a reality,’ said NT Prime Minister Michael Gunner.
‘It will mark a real turning point for the nation as we work towards the next stages of the national plan.’
The national carrier has successfully used Darwin as a hub for its repatriation flights to various destinations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East over the last 12 months.
It began talks with the NT government last month and also looked at Singapore.
“The challenge now is to show Qantas that there is no better place to be,” Gunner said.