Qantas cuts one Darwin to London flight ahead of schedule

by | May 4, 2022 | Business, News | 0 comments

Qantas will end one of its two Darwin to London services and return it to Perth three weeks earlier than scheduled, as the routes are operating with reduced passenger numbers due in part to the Russia-Ukraine war, the company said.

With the effective closure of the Russian airspace, flights had to carry extra fuel to fly an alternative longer route.

Qantas flight QF9/10 will now depart from Perth instead of Darwin starting May 23. The national carrier was previously scheduled to return to Perth on June 19.

The airline said the Darwin to London service has very few seats available for the next six weeks.

“As a result, we’ve decided to return the QF9/10 service to Perth ahead of schedule so that we can accommodate more passengers. The flight path from Perth to London is more direct, which means we don’t have restrictions on the number of passengers on this route,” Qantas said in a statement.

The airline said that the QF1/2 service will continue to operate direct between London and Darwin as scheduled until June 18 when it will return to Singapore.

“The majority of passengers who start or finish their journey in Darwin will be re-accommodated on the QF1/2 service. Qantas will contact affected passengers directly to advise of the change,” the airline said.

Qantas International chief Andrew David also thanked both the NT Government and Darwin Airport management.

“The NT Government and Darwin Airport went above and beyond so that we could operate these services when WA kept its borders closed, and we’re extremely grateful for their partnership,” Mr David said.

In November last year, Darwin replaced Perth on Qantas’ London route when the WA Government continued its COVID-19 lockdown measures. The agreement with Darwin was extended in February when WA failed to lift restrictions.

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