Qantas announced on Friday that flights between Sydney and Bengaluru will resume in September, and flights between Sydney and Seoul will resume in December, following a 14-year break.
Qantas has added or plans to add six more foreign routes since resuming international flights.
In December, Qantas will begin flying to Seoul
On Friday morning, Sydney time, Qantas announced that it will begin flying its A330s to Seoul on December 10. A330-300 flights depart Sydney (SYD) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, according to the Qantas booking system. That plane, QF87, will take off at 09:35 for a flight to Seoul (ICN) that will take 10 hours and 45 minutes and arrive at 18:20.
After 90 minutes on the ground, the A330 returns to Sydney to carry out QF88. At 19:50, the Airbus departs ICN for an overnight flight to Sydney, arriving at 08:15 the next morning. To complement Qantas’ offers, Jetstar’s low-cost affiliate has launched more Seoul routes. Starting November 2, Jetstar’s Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner will fly three times a week between Sydney and Seoul.
Although Qantas stopped flying to Seoul on a regular basis in 2008, CEO Alan Joyce maintains that South Korea is Australia’s fourth-largest trading partner and that Koreans see Sydney as one of the best tourist destinations in the world.
“With expected strong business, premium leisure, and low-cost travel demand on the route, we see an opportunity for both Qantas and Jetstar to fly on the route,”, the Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce, commented.
From September, Qantas will provide flights between Sydney and Bengaluru.
Meanwhile, Qantas is launching a new route to India, following the launch of flights to Delhi (DEL) late last year.
Qantas has teamed up with IndiGo this time, and flights between Sydney and Bengaluru (BLR) will start on September 14. QF67 will depart Sydney four times a week at 09:30 on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and will be flown by an Airbus A330-200. After 11 hours and 55 minutes in the air, the Airbus will arrive at BLR at 16:55.
On the same day, the return flight, QF68, departs Bengaluru. The jet will take off at 18:35 and travel southeast through the night, arriving in Sydney at 10:30 the following morning.
According to Qantas, Bengaluru has a population of 13 million people, and the developing technology and financial services hub have strong linkages to Australia, but no direct flights.
“As economic and investment linkages between Australia and India’s population of over one billion people increase, the signing of the Australia-India free trade agreement is a driver of travel demand,” says Alan Joyce.
“Our new direct flights to Bengaluru, together with our planned codeshare with IndiGo, have the potential to completely transform how many people travel between Australia and India.”