Sydney Airport (Photo: Flickr- Simon_sees)

The removal of border restrictions in Australia from March is resulting in a surge in flight connections offered by Gulf airlines. They are generally the ones that capitalize the most on the air traffic between Europe and the island-continent.

The Airbus A380 isEmirates

‘ war machine to boost its offer to Australia. The airline has just reopened its Dubai-Melbourne route aboard its giant aircraft. It has also announced a second daily A380 flight to Sydney on March 2. It confirms the re-launch, still with A380, of its daily flight to Perth on June 17. As well as its return to Brisbane on July 1st.

Etihad Airways has also just announced that it will increase the number of frequencies from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne and Sydney from 10 to 14 per week from March 22. This means one daily flight to each of these cities. The flights will be operated by Boeing 787 in economy and business class configuration. However, the airline no longer plans to return to Brisbane, a route that was discontinued in 2020 and which it considers unprofitable.

Qatar Airways

already offers a daily flight to both Melbourne and Sydney. The carrier is also the only one to connect the city of Adelaide, capital of the state of South Australia, to the Gulf. The carrier also plans to resume flights to Perth on March 27. But everything depends on the lifting of restrictions in Western Australia. The carrier will start serving Brisbane on March 1 with a daily Boeing 777.

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On the other hand, the carrier is less enthusiastic about resuming its second daily frequency to Sydney. Indeed, the Australian government wants this second flight to be extended to the federal capital Canberra. An obligation that Qatar Airways finds too costly in terms of operations.

Gulf Air

had also announced that it wanted to relaunch its flights between Bahrain and Sydney. Unfortunately, the Covid crisis had frozen its projects. The resumption of traffic could update the strategy of the Bahraini carrier.

Note also that the Australian Qantas announced that it postpones its London-Sydney flight via Singapore to next June. The company will continue to operate its flight between the two cities via Darwin, believing that the PCR testing requirements in Singapore for transit passengers are too complex…