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Qantas announces launch of Melbourne-Delhi from December 22
Qantas has announced that it will launch a brand-new international route from Melbourne to Delhi from December 22, 2021, connecting Victoria to the Indian capital on a Qantas-operated flight for the first time in the airline’s history.

The new Melbourne-Delhi flight will operate four times a week. Same day connections will also be available from Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra. Flights from Melbourne to Delhi will initially operate via Adelaide, while flights from Delhi to Melbourne will operate nonstop.

This follows the recent announcement of flights from Sydney to Delhi, which start next month. The airline states that when the Sydney to Delhi route went on sale, Qantas saw the “fastest booking surge for flights leaving Australia” since the airline announced its international restart plans in August. Qantas recommenced scheduled international flights from Melbourne on November 22 with flight QF35 bound for Singapore departing at 11.50 am.

The airline said it would provide a more detailed update to the market next month at a time when international travel is also beginning to return.

Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, said the relaunch of international flights from Victoria will pave the way for long-awaited reunions with loved ones, as well as help the state retain its position as one of Australia’s premier destinations for global travellers.

“Victorians have done it tougher than most over the past two years and we think many will see the restart of Qantas international flights as another important step towards life getting back to normal,” Joyce said in a press statement, and added, “We are starting to see more and more Victorians booking a much-deserved international getaway, and as borders open up to international visitors we’re expecting to see them visit Melbourne in large numbers, which will give local tourism and hospitality businesses a boost.”

Joyce also went on to commend the successful vaccination drive which he said has helped Australia restart international flights. As Qantas explores new opportunities to broaden its network in response to unprecedented pent-up travel demand, its CEO said that this is also helping the airline bring more employees back to work.

Qantas will also relaunch flights from Melbourne-London on November 27 and Melbourne-Los Angeles from December 19.

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