Qantas will reconnect Johannesburg and Sydney with three flights a week from January 5, three months earlier than scheduled. The airline’s earlier comeback is due to changes in Australian travel restrictions and the removal of quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travellers.
Qantas’ return is marked by an acceleration in their timeline; with them resuming normal operations between South Africa and Australia in January instead of April, as originally planned. In a statement, Qantas Group chief executive Alan Joyce expressed his ambitions for the airline: ‘We hope that as vaccination rates in other states and territories increase, we’ll be able to restart more international flights out of their capital cities. In the meantime, Sydney is our gateway to the rest of the world.’
The Federal and New South Wales government announced that starting from the 1st of November, fully vaccinated travellers can forego the 14-day quarantine period, but only if the vaccine is recognised under Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). The TGA recognises Pfizer’s Comirnaty vaccine and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine; both of which are used in South Africa.
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