British Airways will operate its first passenger flight between Sydney and London since April 2020 next month.

This comes after the news that Australia is reopening its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers on February 21.

Flight BA15 is scheduled to land in Sydney on March 29 at 0610, having departed London Heathrow on March 27 at 2125.

The returning flight BA16 will depart Sydney at 1550 on March 29, and land in London Heathrow on March 30 at 0510.

Both flights will be operated by B787 aircraft and include a stopover of approximately 90 minutes at Singapore Changi airport.

These will be the first BA flights to the south-west Pacific since customers in the region became eligible to join the airline’s Executive Club loyalty programme in August 2021.

Noella Ferns, British Airways’ head of sales, Asia Pacific, said:

“We can’t wait to welcome our customers back on board our Sydney to London flights and we will be honoured to play our part in reuniting families and friends with their loved ones after such a long time apart.

“The safety of our customers and colleagues has always been at the heart of everything we do. We know some customers won’t have flown for a long time, and we can assure them we have a range of Covid-19 measures in place to provide stress and hassle-free travel.

“Since we last flew this route, customers in Australia and the wider region can now join the Executive Club and with the resumption of flights can finally start to access some of the amazing benefits on offer.”

Meanwhile Qantas resumed international flights in November 2021, and had been due to restart its nonstop flights between Perth and London from March 27 but recently said that it was reviewing these plans in the light of Western Australia’s decision to delay the reopening of its borders.