The increase in flights will see additional services scheduled for both weekdays and weekends. Online travel platforms are now displaying expanded schedules from November that enable connectivity with the airline’s domestic and international networks.
The flights, which are subject to regulatory approval, will provide a boost towards collective efforts to rebuild and recover not just the Australian market, but also Samoa’s wider visitor economy.
Travellers weekly reports this development comes just weeks after Samoa reopened its borders to international travellers on 1 August.
This has also followed Qantas’ announcement that it will relaunch its Auckland-New York route.
The resumption of QF3 and QF4 will see the flying kangaroo return to New York three days a week initially, after a three-year COVID-induced hiatus. Flights will be operated on its Boeing 787 Dreamliners, with three new aircraft scheduled for delivery next year.
Qantas has also launched direct flights to Tonga The four-and-a-half-hour flights will be the only direct services between Australia and Tonga.
Qantas has been operating services to the archipelago since December 2020, supported by the Australian Government’s Pacific Flights Program, to maintain passenger and freight links while international borders were closed.