Qantas announced on Friday that it will expand its international network from Sydney, with new direct flights to India commencing this year, accelerating New South Wales’ post-COVID tourism recovery.
Sydney-Bengaluru Direct Flights
Starting from 14 September, Qantas will operate four weekly return flights between Sydney and Bengaluru using its widebody Airbus A330 aircraft.
These would be the first non-stop flights by any airline between Australia and southern India, cutting nearly three hours off the current fastest flight time from Sydney to Bengaluru, the growing technology and financial services hub of India.
- QF67 SYD0930 – 1655BLR
- QF68 BLR1835 – 1020(+1)SYD
The Bengaluru community, with a population of 13 million people, has significant connections to Australia for both business travel and people visiting friends and relatives. Following the recent announcement of the Australia-India free trade deal, these commercial ties are projected to strengthen.
Qantas will continue to operate up to five flights each week between Melbourne and Delhi, making it the sole airline that serves both northern and southern India.
Fare details and Points Planes for Frequent Flyers
Qantas fares on Sydney-Bengaluru flights go on sale today starting from $1349 return.
To reward Frequent Flyer members, Qantas will offer the first three return services between Sydney and Bengaluru, as Points Planes meaning frequent flyers can use Qantas Points to book any seat as a Classic Reward Seat until the end of April 2022. Seats on these flights can also be purchased with cash.
Classic Flight Reward seats between Sydney and Bengaluru start from 37,600 points one way (plus taxes, fees and carrier charges).
Codeshare Agreement With IndiGo
Qantas plans to enter into a codeshare agreement with IndiGo, India’s largest domestic carrier, to provide customers with improved one-stop connectivity to over 50 Indian cities.
According to the proposed deal, Qantas passengers will be able to effortlessly transfer between Qantas flights in Bengaluru, Delhi, or Singapore to IndiGo services in other major Indian cities as well as smaller ones such as Pune and Goa.
Under the proposed agreement, Qantas Frequent Flyers will be able to earn and redeem points on connecting IndiGo flights (QF code only), and IndiGo will recognize Qantas Frequent Flyer benefits such as priority check-in, additional baggage allowance, and priority baggage for tiered members (Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Platinum One).
Similarly, 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.