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The only direct flight from the UK to Australia has relaunched after two years

The 17-hour Qantas route from London to Perth took off for the first time post-pandemic today

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

Brits and Aussies looking for the easiest route between your two countries, today is a fantastic day: direct flights between the UK and Oz are back up and running. That’s right, after two years away thanks to the pandemic, the Qantas route between London and Perth has now restarted.

When it was launched back in 2018, Qantas’s London-Perth route wasn’t just the first regular direct flight between the UK and Australia. It was also the first non-stop route between Oz and anywhere in Europe. It takes just under 17 hours to cover the 14,500 kilometres between London Heathrow and Perth. 

The route relaunched today (May 24) and it’ll likely remain the only direct flight between the UK and Australia until at least 2025, when Qantas has said it wants to launch a 19-hour non-stop service between London and Sydney.

In any case, travelling between the UK and Australia has just got a hell of a lot easier (and quicker). Although, obviously, be sure to check all travel requirements before you book – while the UK currently has no Covid entry restrictions, Oz is a little more complicated. Check out Australia’s entry requirements here

Did you see that there’ll soon be a new, cheaper direct route between London and Cape Town?

Plus: you can travel all over this European country for just €9 this summer.

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