Qantas has announced firm dates for the restart of its flights between Sydney and Hong Kong now that mandatory hotel quarantine is no longer the norm.
On 39 January, services departing from Sydney will resume, operated with A330-300s flying the route three times per week. QF 127 takes off from Sydney at 10:15 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and lands in Hong Kong at 4:35 p.m. local time.
QF 128 will depart Hong Kong at 6:20 p.m. and land in Sydney at 6:40 a.m. the following morning. From 27 February, Qantas intends to boost service to a daily frequency.
Moreover, starting on 26 March, daily flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong will once again be operational. QF 029, also operated by an A330-300, will depart from Tullamarine Airport at 11:20 a.m. and land in Hong Kong at 6 p.m. QF 030, the return flight, will depart at 7:45 p.m. and arrive in Melbourne at 8:10 a.m. the following day.
The total travel duration for passengers is around 9.5 hours. Originally scheduled to resume in February this year, flights from Sydney and Melbourne were delayed when the Hong Kong authorities implemented some of the world’s tightest Covid-19 quarantine and entrance procedures.
Regular passenger flights between Sydney and Melbourne, and Singapore resumed in November 2021, while service between Sydney and Bangkok resumed in January 2022 as Qantas works to restore its network in East and Southeast Asia.
Flights between Darwin and Dili, using dual-class E190 aircraft, began operations in March; a Perth–Jakarta service started operations in November; and last December, Qantas introduced three weekly flights utilising A330 aircraft between Sydney and Seoul.