Malaysia Airlines is canceling flights to Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth from October 25, 2020 to March 27, 2021, since Australia's international crossings are expected to stay blocked until next year. Services to Sydney and Melbourne will continue until 2021, although at a decreased frequency of one flight per week.
In the meantime, Malaysia Airlines is planning to increase its regional carrier Firefly's operations to include three weekly flights between Kuala Lumpur and Brisbane from November 23, 2020.
Flights with Firefly will be able to make up part of the gap left by the canceled Malaysia Airlines services, but only if they use their own aircraft instead of relying on commercial operators who would need to obtain special permits from the Australian government to operate into or out of the country.
The increased presence of Firefly on this route will help travelers to switch to more affordable options if there are any available seats on the plane. However, since this operation is seen as supplemental rather than replacement, some travelers may prefer to wait until new Malaysia Airlines routes and schedules are announced later this year.
In conclusion, during this period when no flights are scheduled, please exercise caution before booking trips with this airline since it might not exist anymore when you need it most. For up-to-date information on cancelled flights, we recommend calling the carriers directly or checking online status pages such as that of Malaysia Airlines or Air Asia, which both provide free access to their customers.
Several international airlines had flights booked into Melbourne Airport in September, however due to the city's lockdown and curfew, only a few of those planes were able to take off. A few are flying in empty or bringing cargo and departing people. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines fly into Sydney from outside of North America. Virgin Australia, Jetstar, and Qantas all have flights leaving from London City Airport.
In addition, there are some low-cost carriers that operate flights into Melbourne. These include Tigerair, which has flights from Singapore; Scoot, which has flights from Thailand; and Watani, which has flights from Iraq.
The Australian government has banned all domestic flights within the country, including flights between states. The only exception is for passengers who need to travel for work or health reasons.
It's important to note that all airports across Australia are closed to traffic except for pilots on duty and other staff working in essential services. So even if you're able to find space on an airline that operates into Melbourne, there's a good chance they won't be flying anytime soon.
Flights to Australia will take around 24 hours because there are no direct flights to Australia from Europe or the United Kingdom. You will most likely stop in locations such as Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore to connect to an onward direct aircraft to Australia.
Qantas' overseas activities are presently halted. Until today, however, the airline has been selling seats on its routes from Heathrow to Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney until late March 2021. That timeframe has been pushed out by seven months, according to Executive Traveller. The same deferral applies to flights to and from the United States.
A Qantas spokesperson told Travel Weekly that the company "is working with a number of partners to determine how to best re-open our business in an environment where this is possible."
The news comes after Australian aviation authorities banned all travel to Australia from Europe and several other countries following the arrival of the coronavirus in those regions. The government's decision was made in order to prevent the virus from spreading further through the community. It also allows time for officials to implement necessary measures to contain the outbreak.
The spokesperson said Qantas "will be complying with government instructions" and added that the company "is monitoring the situation closely and will follow any developments."
There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 on Qantas aircraft or at their airports. However, since most people recover within five days of being infected, the risk to passengers is low. The best way to avoid getting sick is to avoid coming into contact with viruses that can spread like the flu. This means maintaining personal hygiene and avoiding crowds when possible.
The flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Perth, Australia takes 5 hours and 41 minutes. The time difference between Kuala Lumpur and Perth is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time or 9 hours ahead of Western Standard Time.
The average speed of this flight is 560 miles per hour. It would take the flight to cover a distance of 2,190 miles at that speed. A commercial flight typically travels faster than an airplane driven by a single pilot.
The aircraft used on this flight was a Boeing 767-300ER. These are large jets that can carry up to 250 passengers. Originally designed for long-distance travel between Europe and the Americas, today they are commonly used for trips between Asia and North America.
Malaysia is in Southeast Asia. It is south of Thailand and east of Singapore. Its capital city is Kuala Lumpur.
Perth is a major city in Western Australia. It is the capital city of its own state. It lies on the Indian Ocean about 1,600 miles west of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Its name comes from the Aboriginal word "Pyrmont," which means "the smoke that signals rain."