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Qantas and Jetstar resuming Singapore to Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin

In anticipation of Australia's border relaxations, Qantas and Jetstar are bringing back their Singapore flights earlier than planned.

With Australia starting to reopen its borders for international travel, and a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) or similar ‘bubble’ arrangement between the country and Singapore due to be announced imminently, the Qantas Group is making a return to Changi earlier than planned.

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Passenger flights are back on three routes to and from Singapore, including options with the group’s full-service and low-cost carriers, following a long 600-day absence due to the effects of the pandemic.

Melbourne

Melbourne is first out of the starting blocks for Qantas from Singapore, following an announcement by Victoria’s Government that fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents will be able to arrive quarantine-free in the city from next month.

[Melbourne – Singapore] flights will be brought forward to 22 November 2021, three weeks ahead of schedule, operating three days per week with A330 aircraft and ramping up to daily from 18 December.

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Qantas will return to Singapore in late November 2021 with its Airbus A330s. (Photo: Qantas)

On 22nd November QF35 from Melbourne will therefore be the first Qantas passenger flight to arrive at Changi Airport since the pandemic took hold in March 2020.

The Airbus A330 will depart back to Melbourne the following evening on 23rd November as QF36, representing a 608-day gap in operation for the carrier since the last passenger flight, QF52 to Brisbane, departed Changi on 25th March 2020.

Singapore    Melbourne

23rd November to
17th December

  Days
M T W T F S S
QF36
A330
SIN
20:30
MEL
07:00*

* Next day
Note: A one-time QF36 service also operates on Tuesday 23rd November

From 19th December

  Days
M T W T F S S
QF36
A330
SIN
19:40
MEL
06:10*

Note: No service on Tuesday 21st December

Melbourne    Singapore

22nd November to
18th December

  Days
M T W T F S S
QF35
A330
MEL
11:50
SIN
16:45

* Next day

From 18th December

  Days
M T W T F S S
QF35
A330
MEL
12:10
SIN
17:05

Note: No service on Sunday 19th December

There will also be a low-cost option between Singapore and Melbourne, with Jetstar restarting four times weekly flights on the route using its Boeing 787.

Jetstar will also recommence flying four times a week between Melbourne and Singapore using 787 aircraft, a route it hasn’t flown since 2019.

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Jetstar will operate its Boeing 787 on the Singapore – Melbourne route. (Photo: Damien Aiello)

These services will restart a little later – from 16th December 2021, the same week Qantas will ramp up to daily Melbourne flights.

Singapore    Melbourne

From 16th December

  Days
M T W T F S S
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Jetstar_Airways-small-1.png JQ8
787-8
SIN
21:00
MEL
07:20*

* Next day
Note: A one-time JQ8 service operates on Thursday 16th December, instead of Friday 17th December

Melbourne    Singapore

From 16th December

  Days
M T W T F S S
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Jetstar_Airways-small-1.png JQ7
787-8
MEL
13:00
SIN
17:50

* Next day
Note: A one-time JQ7 service operates on Thursday 16th December, instead of Friday 17th December

Sydney

The Singapore – Sydney route is naturally up there in the initial Qantas flights ramp-up, and like Melbourne it will also use Airbus A330s initially.

Qantas [Sydney – Singapore] flights will resume on 23 November 2021, four weeks earlier than scheduled, operating three days per week with A330 aircraft. Services will ramp up to daily from 18 December 2021.

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Schedules show that daily operation has already been brought forward on this route by two weeks since the Qantas announcement, now taking effect from 5th December 2021.

Singapore    Sydney

24th November to
5th December

  Days
M T W T F S S
QF82
A330
SIN
20:30
SYD
07:30*

* Next day
Note: A one-time QF82 service also operates on Wednesday 24th November

From 6th December

  Days
M T W T F S S
QF82
A330
SIN
20:30
SYD
07:30*

Sydney    Singapore

23rd November to
5th December

  Days
M T W T F S S
QF81
A330
SYD
11:20
SIN
16:45

* Next day
Note: A one-time QF81 service also operates on Tuesday 23rd November

From 6th December

  Days
M T W T F S S
QF81
A330
SYD
11:20
SIN
16:45

Darwin

While the Northern Territory Government has not yet announced a date for allowing international travellers to arrive quarantine-free, Jetstar will also restart its Singapore – Darwin route three times per week from 20th December.

Singapore    Darwin

From 20th December

  Days
M T W T F S S
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A320
SIN
22:40
DRW
04:45*

* Next day

Darwin    Singapore

From 21st December

  Days
M T W T F S S
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Jetstar_Airways-small-1.png 3K162
A320
DRW
05:30
SIN
08:30
Jetstar flights from Singapore to Darwin will use Airbus A320s. (Photo: Alex Wilson)

Singapore – Darwin flights will be operated by the group’s Singapore subsidiary Jetstar Asia. Services are slated to increase to four times weekly from mid-January 2022.

Other routes

Despite not being part of the recent announcement, Qantas is also loading regular schedules from Singapore to two other cities in the coming months:

  • Brisbane: From 18th December 2021
  • Perth: From 27th March 2022

These are probably subject to change, based on state border restrictions, with Queensland and Western Australia lagging a month or two behind the likes of New South Wales and Victoria in terms of the 80%+ vaccination rate target.

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One regular pre-COVID route Qantas isn’t scheduling through its Changi hub for the time being is the daily QF1/2 Sydney – Singapore – London service.

This flight will operate via Darwin using Boeing 787s when it restarts on 1st November, while Melbourne – London will also take a similar routing from 6th November.

The stopover in Singapore is currently scheduled for April 2022 at the earliest.

What are the restrictions?

A two-way quarantine-free VTL or ‘travel bubble’ arrangement is on the cards between Singapore and Australia, with Qantas certain to be part of the scheme, but until that’s announced these flights will only be for Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Both Qantas and the Australian Government have imposed some tight restrictions on those travelling, most or all of which we are also likely to see as part of the general travel reopening with Singapore in due course.

  • All passengers aged 12 and older on Qantas and Jetstar international flights must be fully vaccinated with a TGA-approved vaccine, unless they have a medical exemption.
  • Passengers will be required to possess a negative COV