Qantas has issued a public notice regarding its application for licence to operate scheduled services from Australia to Samoa and vice versa.
If approved, this would mark the first time the Flying Kangaroo has operated commercial services to Samoa and the first direct regular passenger services between Australia and Samoa since March 2020.
The exciting development comes as the Samoan government announced last month that its borders will be reopening to international travellers from 1 August.
Qantas has proposed the launch of direct services from Brisbane and Sydney international airports to Samoa’s gateway Faleolo International Airport, with additional frequencies and city-pairs to be added.
As Australia’s national airline with involvement in the One World Alliance, Qantas’ network spans more than 900 destinations in 170 territories with hundreds of airport lounges. Qantas’ potential licence to operate in Samoa allows both parties to reap the benefits of Samoa’s impending tourism boom, with Samoa set to be a top destination amongst Australian travellers in the coming years.
“Qantas’ application to operate flight services direct from Australia to Samoa is wonderful news for the nation, as we continue to ramp up our preparations ahead of welcoming back Australian visitors,’ Samoa Tourism Authority’s acting CEO Tupai Robert Ah Sam said.
“The flight schedule will be welcomed by many, as it will allow Australian travellers to cut down on travel time and layovers on their journey to Apia.”
Last month, Prime Minister Fiam? Naomi Mata?afa confirmed Samoa will welcome international travellers into the country from 1st August 2022.
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