QANTAS Group is expanding its Sydney gateway, with new direct flights to India and South Korea.
A new express Qantas Airways route between Sydney and Bengaluru will launch from 14 September, as part of a codeshare agreement with India’s largest domestic carrier IndiGo.
The deal will provide Australians direct connections to 50 Indian cities, with relations between the two countries expected to strengthen following the recent announcement of a free trade agreement.
Using its widebody Airbus A330 aircraft, the flights will cut almost three hours off the current fastest travel time from Sydney to Bengaluru.
Qantas is also launching new direct flights between Sydney and Seoul, along with its sister airline Jetstar Airways.
The low-cost carrier will become the only airline of its kind to fly directly to South Korea from Sydney, when its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner flights begin operating from 2 November, three times per week.
Qantas will then join Jetstar flying between Sydney and Seoul from 10 December with its A330 aircraft, marking the airline’s first scheduled service to Seoul since January 2008.