Which International Airlines Still Fly to Australia in May 2020?With Australia’s borders effectively closed, and most Australians banned from leaving the country for the time being, it’s fair to say that demand for international air travel is weak right now. Many airlines have responded by reducing or eliminating international flights to or from Australia.

But the movement of cargo is more important than ever. Many airlines, including Emirates, are still operating cargo flights to and from Australia despite passenger flights being suspended. (Some airlines are even converting passenger planes into freighters.)

And some people still need to travel. So, which airlines are still operating passenger flights to and from Australia – and where are they flying to?

Qantas and Virgin Australia have been operating a limited number of scheduled repatriation flights from London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Auckland to both Brisbane and Melbourne during April, subsidised by the federal government. These special flights could be booked on the airlines’ websites, but were only running one or two times per week and for a limited period of time. Only Economy seats were available, and no frequent flyer points or status credits could be earned.

Meanwhile, there are still some international airlines operating regular commercial flights to and from Australia. Here is a full list of international flights to/from Australia with commercial seats available for sale as of the start of May 2020:

Airline Route Aircraft type Frequency
Air New Zealand Brisbane-Auckland Boeing 787-9/A320neo 2x weekly
Air New Zealand Melbourne-Auckland Boeing 787-9 2x weekly
Air New Zealand Sydney-Auckland Boeing 787-9 3x weekly
All Nippon Airways Sydney-Haneda Boeing 787-9 3x weekly
Air Niugini Brisbane-Port Moresby Boeing 767-300 5x weekly
Air Niugini Cairns-Port Moresby Fokker 70 2x weekly
Asiana Sydney-Seoul Boeing 777-200ER 1x weekly
Cathay Pacific Sydney-Hong Kong Airbus A350 2x weekly
China Airlines Brisbane-Taipei Airbus A350-900 2x weekly
China Airlines Sydney-Taipei Airbus A350-900 4x weekly
China Airlines Melbourne-Taipei Airbus A350-900 1x weekly
Citilink Perth-Denpasar Airbus A320 4x weekly
Garuda Indonesia Melbourne-Jakarta Airbus A330-300 1x weekly
Garuda Indonesia Perth-Denpasar Boeing 737-800 1x weekly
Garuda Indonesia Sydney-Jakarta Airbus A330-300 1x weekly
Qatar Airways Melbourne-Doha Airbus A350-1000XWB Daily
Qatar Airways Perth-Doha Airbus A350-1000XWB 4x weekly
Qatar Airways Sydney-Doha Airbus A350-1000XWB Daily
Royal Brunei Melbourne-Bandar Seri Begawan Boeing 787-8 2x weekly
Scoot Perth-Singapore Boeing 787-9 3x weekly
Singapore Airlines Sydney-Singapore Boeing 777-300ER 3x weekly
United Airlines Sydney-San Francisco Boeing 787-9 Daily

Australia is also still receiving occasional repatriation charter flights from other airlines that don’t normally fly here. Last month, airlines including KLM, Nepal Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Condor operated repatriation flights to Australia, either brining home Aussies or returning stranded citizens from Australia to their respective home countries. In addition, EgyptAir this week flew from Cairo to Brisbane via Manila. Spanish airline Iberia is also flying from Sydney to Madrid via Bangkok this week.

Several other airlines were also regularly flying to Australia until the end of April. After this weekend, Malaysia Airlines will temporarily end regular services from Kuala Lumpur to Sydney and Perth. Next Monday, Xiamen Air will fly Sydney-Xiamen and Korean Air will fly Sydney-Seoul for the last time in a while. Qatar Airways had also been flying regularly from Doha to Brisbane, and had been operating multiple times daily to Sydney, Melbourne and Perth during April 2020.


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Daniel Doyle

You have omitted PX POM CNS

Joe in Australia

I’m surprised that Qatar Airways has 18 flights per week (including daily flights to Melbourne and Sydney) while none of its competitors have more than 7. Any idea why?


Qatar are not operating Melbourne-Doha daily, they have reduced the frequency.


Do you think UA will continue its SYD-SFO flights into June?