Qantas and Jetstar have announced two new international air routes from Sydney Airport in time for Australians booking long-awaited holidays.
Qantas will offer a direct route between Sydney and Bangalore (formerly Bangalore) – the first non-stop flight between Australia and South India by an airline.
Jetstar and Qantas will begin offering direct flights to Seoul in South Korea.
Round-trip flights on the Qantas Airbus A330 will begin flying to the technology and financial hub of Bengaluru four times a week from September 14.
The flight will cut the current fastest travel time to the southern Indian city by almost three hours.
“Australia is clearly back on the map for international travellers,” said Qantas Group Chief Executive Alan Joyce.
He attributed the signing of the Australia-India Free Trade Agreement to expanding trade and investment ties between the two countries and boosting travel demand.
A deal with India’s biggest airline, IndiGo, will offer connecting flights to 50 cities and a new free trade deal is expected to bolster demand.
This will allow Qantas passengers to transition seamlessly from Bengaluru, Delhi or Singapore on IndiGo flights to other major Indian cities and smaller ones such as Pune and Goa.
Jetstar will begin offering direct flights to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport three times a week from Nov. 2.
Qantas will begin flights from December 10 – the airline’s first service to Seoul since January 2008.
“Koreans regard Sydney as one of the top tourist destinations,” Joyce said.
Demand for flights to Korea – Australia’s fourth largest trading partner – is already high due to strong trade links and a desire for high-end leisure destinations.
These routes will join the six new routes already added by Qantas over the past six months, including Perth-Rome, Melbourne-Delhi, Melbourne-Dallas Fort-Worth and Darwin-Dili.