Bengaluru-Kempegowda welcomes Qantas’ new non-stop Sydney service
Australian national flag carrier, Qantas, today launched a new route to Bengaluru (BLR) from Sydney (SYD), providing the first direct air connection between Southern India and Australia.
QF68 will cut nearly three hours off of the current fastest travel time between the two cities and significantly boost connectivity between India and New South Wales.
Since the announcement of the new service earlier this year, according to the the route has seen strong demand, with both the outbound and inbound inaugural flights sold out in all cabins.
Bengaluru Kempegowda operator, BIAL, says that the new services will provide new tourism opportunities for Bengaluru and India, with a direct gateway for Australian tourists to experience all that India has to offer.
For people living in Bengaluru and southern India, it’s a convenient non-stop flight to Sydney for a dream holiday or to visit friends and family.
Qantas Domestic and International CEO, Andrew David, said: “The addition of Bengaluru to our route map deepens our ties with India and follows the launch of direct services from Australia to Delhi last year which has also proven popular.
“Qantas is now the only airline offering direct flights between Australia’s two largest cities and the north and south of India.”
While BIAL’s chief strategy and development officer, Satyaki Raghunath, called the start of the new Qantas Bengaluru – Sydney route an historic moment for his airport.
“This is a historic occasion considering that it is the first ever non-stop service connecting South and Central India to Australia.
“The flights will reduce travel time over existing options and will make access to Australia and points beyond, including New Zealand and the Pacific Islands easy, particularly for leisure travellers, corporates, sports enthusiasts and students who go there for higher studies.
“This connection is even more special because it is the eighth one world carrier to begin operations from BLR. The addition of this flight also puts the focus back on our commitment to introducing new routes and opportunities for tourism and trade between South India and Australia.”
Qantas will fly an A330 aircraft from Bengaluru-Kempegowda International Airport to Sydney four times per week on a Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.