Sumary of Could you soon be flying from Heathrow direct to Australia’s Outback?:
- The NT capital has become the sole Qantas destination from Heathrow because it serves the Howard Springs mining camp, just 10 miles southwest of Darwin airport.
- Before you can book one, you need a “DFAT approval code” – supplied sparingly by the government in Canberra to “Australian citizens and permanent residents who are currently overseas and have been trying to return home but haven’t been able to”.
- “Limited onboard food and bottles of water,” the airline warns – inviting passengers to bring their own food and drink on board, but no alcohol.
- Qantas has announced a “gradual restart” of international flights from December 2021. The airline’s optimism is based on the Australian government’s stated aim to ease the borders policy once vaccination reaches 80 per cent.
- It says long lead times for international readiness mean the airline has to make some reasonable assumptions “to make sure it can offer flights to customers as soon as they become feasible”.
- The airline says “conservative border policies in Western Australia” may mean the long-haul Boeing is directed to Darwin, rather than Perth.