update (14 May 2021): Qantas has announced a further suspension of scheduled international flights (with the exception of flights between Australia and New Zealand) until 20 December 2021 due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation.
The flag carrier of Australia, Qantas, has announced that it is planning to restart regular international passenger flights to most of its 25 pre-Covid-19 international destinations from 31 October 2021, instead of July 2021, as it previously forecast. According to the airline, the date change aligns with the expected timeframe for Australia's Covid-19 vaccine rollout to be effectively complete.
Johannesburg in South Africa, along with e.g. London in England and Los Angeles in the USA, will be one of the 22 international destinations Qantas is resuming flights to. Three routes – New York, Santiago and Osaka – will return at a later date.
Qantas says the flight capacity will be lower than pre-Covid-19 levels, with frequencies and aircraft type deployed on each route in line with the projected recovery of international flying. International capacity is not expected to fully recover until 2024.