Now that Hong Kong no longer requires all guests to remain in their rooms for 21 days, Qantas has announced plans to resume service between Australia and the Asian financial capital.
On 30 January 2023, flights will resume using Airbus A330-300s operating three times weekly on the Sydney-Hong Kong route. 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. Leaving Hong Kong at 6:20 p.m., QF 128 will arrive in Sydney at 6:40 a.m. the following day. From 27 February, Qantas plans to increase services to daily flights.
Meanwhile, daily flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong will resume on 26 March. QF 029, also operated by an A330-300, will depart Tullamarine Airport at 11:20 a.m. and arrive in Hong Kong at 6 p.m. The return flight, QF 030, will depart at 7:45 p.m. and arrive in Melbourne at 8:10 a.m. the following morning.
Originally scheduled to resume in February this year, flights from Sydney and Melbourne were delayed when the Hong Kong government introduced some of the world’s tightest Covid-19 quarantine and entrance restrictions.
Qantas is progressively resuming service in East and Southeast Asia. The airline resumed regular passenger flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Singapore in November 2021, while service from Sydney to Bangkok resumed in January.
Several new routes are also being introduced: flights between Darwin and Dili on dual-class E190 aircraft began in March; a Perth-Jakarta service will commence on 30 November, and Qantas will begin thrice-weekly service from Sydney to Seoul on 10 December with A330 aircraft.
In September 2022, Hong Kong began a gradual reopening to the rest of the world, with pre-flight and on-arrival testing; while there is no mandatory quarantine imposed on travellers, for the first three days, they are unable to enter any place which requires a vaccine pass check, which includes restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gyms, and beauty parlours.