When Qantas resumes its connections between Australia and London next month, the airline announced plans to operate the Kangaroo Route with a stop in the northern Australian city of Darwin.
As part of an agreement with the government of Australia's Northern Territory and Darwin Airport, the country's national carrier will reroute flights from Melbourne and Sydney bound for London to make a stop in Darwin. The Darwin hub arrangement will be in place before Australia reopens its borders to international travel on November 14.
The first route to be resumed will be the Sydney-Darwin-London service on November 14, which will be followed by the Melbourne-Darwin-London service which is scheduled to begin on December 18.
Qantas plans to operate the flights via Darwin until it switches the stopover point for its London flights back to Perth which is scheduled to happen in April 2022.
In a statement, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce credited the Northern Territory Government for its part to bring the Kangaroo Route to Darwin amid in the post COVID-19 recovery period.
“The NT Government has worked closely with us to make these flights happen and I’d like to thank the Chief Minister and his team for finding a solution that is safe and streamlined,” said Joyce.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner noted the northern state of the country's role in the post COVID-19 aviation recovery. “Darwin is Australia’s comeback capital, and now we’re taking the comeback direct to Europe,” said Gunner.
Gunner further added: “From Parap to Piccadilly, the opportunities are endless. The convenience of this route will mean tapping into brand new markets for tourism and business.”