I’ve been keeping an eye on Qatar Airways services to Australia. As I mentioned previously, airlines have stopped selling seats on services due to the cap on arrivals the Australian Government has imposed. Things have changed and you can now reserve seats to Adelaide.
Update: All availability to Adelaide has now appears to have been removed from sale. First travel dates are now 18 December onwards.
Adelaide is in South Australia and going there is an option, no matter where you live down under. You can do your 14 day quarantine there, then book another flight on an Aussie airline to your final destination.
Qatar Airways Adelaide Flights
Searching the Qatar Airways web site shows flights on 24 and 27 September then, 1, 3, 18, 22, 25 October and daily from there. Availability is mostly in business class.
For those wanting economy class tickets, some appear on 24 September, then 16, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28 and 29 November. It is then 2, 4, 6, 7, 13, 14, 15 and 18 December onwards.
Qatar Airways is selling tickets that connect. For example, those going to Sydney have the option to go on a Jetstar flight onwards after you arrive in Adelaide. Those heading to Brisbane have Qantas and Virgin Australia connections immediately after the Qatar service.
Australian Government regulations state you must quarantine at the place you land after your international flight. Therefore you won’t be permitted to take a domestic flight straight after. You will need to book to Adelaide as your final destination and get another ticket on another airline after your 14 days of hotel quarantine.
Since Adelaide is not exactly oversaturated with international services, it is not too surprising Qatar Airways are selling tickets to here. With the imminent increase in the caps, this only makes more sense. Just don’t get caught out booking a connecting flight.
Those with existing Qatar Airways tickets can continue to change them at no cost for travel up to 31 December 2020. Therefore, you can lock in Adelaide and keep an eye on things. If they open sales to Sydney, Brisbane, Perth or Melbourne, you can then switch it over again.
Are you happy to go to Adelaide for quarantine? Perhaps you are booked on another airline? I’d be interested to hear your experiences. Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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Taxiing planes by JarrahTree via Wikimedia Commons.