Australian airline Qantas has confirmed it will launch a non-stop flight between London and Darwin from November.
The new service between Sydney – Darwin – London will start on 14th November. It has also been reported a second service between Melbourne – Darwin – London will be introduced in mid-December. This could however start earlier depending on quarantine arrangements laid out by the Victorian Government.
Previously the non-stop flight was via Perth, however this has now been switched to Darwin. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce commented Darwin had been chosen “due to the support from the Northern Territory Government who have been instrumental in helping Qantas facilitate the new route in a post Covid-19 operating environment”.
The non-stop Darwin service will run until at least April 2022, when flights are then scheduled to switch back to Perth. However the airline will see how the Darwin leg performs before making a decision.
The Sydney – Darwin – London flight will depart Sydney on QF1 five times a week at 18:30 and will land in Darwin at 21:25. The aircraft will then be refuelled before continuing to London Heathrow with a flight time of 17 hours and 20 minutes.
Passengers on Qantas international flights will need to be fully vaccinated, unless exempt for medical reasons.