Coronavirus: Titan and Qantas repatriate tourists via Darwin

Titan Travel clients are set to make aviation history as they travel home on the first temporary non-stop flight from Darwin in Australia to the UK.

Transit restrictions in Singapore amid the coronvirus outbreak mean that airline Qantas will temporarily operate its A380 Sydney-London service via Darwin.

The aircraft will depart from Darwin International Airport and complete the 8,614-mile non-stop journey to Heathrow in 16 hours 45 minutes.

It is scheduled to arrive at 06:15 on Wednesday morning with Titan clients whose Grand Tour of Australia holiday has been cut short.

Its arrival comes exactly two years after Qantas made history on March 25, 2018, when it completed the first ever non-stop flight from Perth in Australia to the UK.

Andy Squirrell, managing director at Titan Travel, said: “Our team continues to work around the clock to get all Titan customers across the world home safely as quickly as possible amid the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

“Whilst we are sorry for having to cut short a number of our tours, we continue to act in accordance with government guidance to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our customers is not compromised.

“It is uplifting to hear that our customers returning home from Titan’s Grand Tour of Australia will be forming part of aviation history by travelling on the first temporary non-stop flight from Darwin to London Heathrow.”

Qantas will continue to operate its temporary route from Sydney to Heathrow via Darwin until the end of March, after which Qantas is suspending all international flights until at least the end of May 2020.

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