British Airways will resume Sydney flights in March 2022
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Starting 27 March 2022, the British Airways website is once again showing availability on flights from London Heathrow (LHR) to Sydney (SYD) with a refuelling stop in Singapore (SIN), according to Executive Traveller.
The airline’s longest route has been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak since March 2020.
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After Australia imposed tough border restrictions on people entering and leaving the country in the spring of 2020, it no longer made sense for British Airways to operate this route since almost nobody could enter or leave the country. Furthermore, Singapore banned transit passengers making the refuelling stop in Singapore impossible.
Now, with vaccination rates on the rise and travel patterns slowly returning to normal, it seems British Airways is confident Australia will relax policies in the near future, and travel on this ultra-long-haul route will make economic sense again.
There are more signs of the country possibly opening up again to travellers in March 2022. New Zealand, Australia’s neighbour and partner in an on-and-off travel bubble, has announced it’s aiming for a March 2022 reopening.
Per the new schedule, BA15 and BA16 will be flown on a Boeing 787-9. This is the older version of BA’s Dreamliners, and the airline is still in the process of upgrading these aircraft to the new Club Suite product. Before booking business class, check beforehand if you are scheduled to be on an updated plane to avoid any disappointment.
Though it’s notoriously difficult to find Avios availability on this route, travellers looking to book a reward might have luck if they act fast. For example, an economy-class London to Sydney return is now bookable for 65,000 Avios plus £490 in taxes and fees:
At least for now, there does not seem to be any business-class award availability with Avios, but that could change at any given moment.
Featured photo by @robertmello2au via Twenty20.
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