Qantas and Jetstar expand Sydney gateway with new direct flights to India and Korea. Qantas and Jetstar will grow their international network, with new direct routes to India and Korea taking off this year.
Qantas will operate four weekly return flights direct between Sydney and Bengaluru (formerly known as Bangalore) from 14 September, using its widebody Airbus A330 aircraft.
These will be the first non-stop flights between Australia and southern India by any airline and will cut almost three hours off the current fastest travel time from Sydney to Bengaluru, a growing technology and financial services hub. Corporate customers travelling from Bengaluru will also enjoy the added connectivity available on the Qantas domestic network, with daily flights from Sydney onto Brisbane and Melbourne.
With a population of 13 million people, the Bengaluru community has strong connections to Australia for both business travel and people visiting friends and relatives. These trade connections are expected to strengthen following the recent announcement of the Australia-India free trade agreement.
Qantas will continue to operate up to five flights a week between Melbourne and Delhi, making it the only airline offering direct flights between Australia and both northern and southern India.
Planned codeshare agreement set to open up India
Qantas and IndiGo, India’s largest domestic carrier, will establish a codeshare agreement that will give you improved one-stop access to more than 50 Indian cities.
The planned agreement will mean you can transit seamlessly from Qantas flights in Bengaluru, Delhi, or Singapore onto IndiGo services to other major Indian cities as well as smaller ones such as Pune and Goa.
Under the planned agreement, Qantas Frequent Flyers will be able to earn and redeem points on connecting IndiGo flights (QF code only) and IndiGo will recognise Qantas Frequent Flyer benefits for tiered members (Silver, Gold, Platinum and Platinum One) including priority check-in, additional baggage allowance and priority baggage.
Qantas customers travelling on IndiGo will enjoy the same baggage allowance for the entire journey as well as complimentary food and drinks.
The partnership will extend to Jetstar customers who will be able to book connecting flights on IndiGo services through its Jetstar Connect platform on jetstar.com from late April.
To find out more about what this exciting partnership means for you, including the expanded network available, visit www.goIndiGo.in.
New direct services to South Korea
Qantas and Jetstar will both launch direct flights to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport later this year, providing you with business, premium leisure and low-cost travel options between Australia and Korea.
Jetstar will become the only low-cost carrier to fly direct to South Korea from Sydney, with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner flights operating from 2 November 2022 three times per week.
Qantas will begin direct flights between Sydney and Seoul from 10 December 2022 with its A330 aircraft, marking the first Qantas scheduled service to Seoul since January 2008.
The launch of these new direct services recognises the increasing popularity of South Korea as a must-see destination for Australians, with its rich cultural history, vibrant nightlife, and incredible food. In return, South Korean travellers, who pre-COVID, travelled more frequently than any other nation in the Asia Pacific, consistently rank Australia as the top destination they want to visit.