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Getting to Australia

Nov 9, 2010

From North America

Flights from the United States and Canada to Australia are non-stop from the west coast of North America to the east coast of Australia.  While the most frequent services operate between Los Angeles and Sydney (four airlines with more than 40 flights per week), excellent services from San Francisco, Vancouver and Honolulu are sometimes preferred as the outbound departure terminals at these airports are less hectic than at the Los Angeles airport.  Most flights operate overnight, departing in the evening and arriving early morning two days later as all routings cross the international date line.

Qantas has recently introduced a new service departing Dallas Ft. Worth airport non-stop to Brisbane with continuing service to Sydney.  This makes a particularly appealing routing for visitors starting in the central and eastern sections of the USA due to convenient connecting flights to the Qantas partner hub at DFW airport.

Primary air carriers across the Pacific Ocean to Australia from the west coast of the USA include Qantas, V-Australia, United and Delta.  From Honolulu, choices include Qantas, JetStar and Hawaiian Airlines, while from Vancouver, Air Canada has a daily nonstop.  Flights with stopovers include routings via Auckland on Air New Zealand, Fiji on Air Pacific, or via Tahiti on Air Tahiti Nui.

The introduction of additional competition on the trans-Pacific corridor in the form of V-Australia and Delta in 2009 has resulted in substantial reductions in fares, particularly for business class travel.  Visitors who may have passed over the opportunity to fly in a lie-flat bed for the 14-hour overnight flight in the past due to high cost are advised to research the current prices for this type of premium long-haul travel.

 

From Europe and United Kingdom
Due to the distance involved, flights from Europe will make a refuelling stop enroute to Australia.  Primary transit points include Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Hong Kong.   More »

From North America
Flights from the United States and Canada to Australia are non-stop from the west coast of North America to the east coast of Australia.  While the most frequent services operate between Los Angeles and Sydney...   More »

From Asia
Non-stop services to Australia originate in Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Saigon, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Singapore.  Flying times are typically from 6 to 10 hours. More »

From South America
LAN, Aerolineas Argentinas and Qantas are the primary carriers across the southern Pacific Ocean, while Air New Zealand offers an alternative with a connection in Auckland. More »

From the South Pacific
Travel from the island nations of the South Pacific to Australia is easily accomplished with frequent non-stop departures from Manila, Nadi, Papeete, Port Moresby, the Cook Islands and many more. More »

From New Zealand
Crossing the Tasman Sea is a 2-3 hour hop, with services from most major New Zealand cities direct to a range of Australian cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. The expansion from two to four carriers has meant substantial new routings and lower prices. More »

From Africa
Travel from the countries in the middle and south of Africa to Australia generally means a transfer at Johannesburg airport and a non-stop flight to Perth, Melbourne or Sydney. More »

From the Middle East
With the advent of both Dubai and Abu Dhabi as major east-west transit hubs, frequent service to much of Australia is offered from these two cities on Emirates and Etihad airlines respectively. More »

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