DestinationsInternational travellers are flocking ‘down under’ to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane since Australia reopened its borders.

The Gold (Coast) rush: Australia’s travel revival gets off to a flying start

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The top three travellers coming into Australia hail from UK, India and Nepal.
The top three travellers coming into Australia hail from UK, India and Nepal. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Travel Wild

Australia officially reopened its borders to the world on 21 February, welcoming vaccinated travellers to once again explore its lands. As of the day of its reopening, Travelport reports that the country’s inbound international flight bookings have spiked by 93%.

Top 10 countries travelling to Australia:
1. United Kingdom
2. India
3. Nepal
4. USA
5. New Zealand
6. Singapore
7. Sri Lanka
8. Germany
9. Philippines
10. Canada

Of the international arrivals in Australia, the three most popular destinations are Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Australians themselves have also shown an interest in travelling abroad to the following top 10 international destinations:
1. India
2. United Kingdom
3. USA
4. Fiji Islands
5. Sri Lanka
6. Philippines
7. Canada
8. Nepal
9. New Zealand
10. Pakistan

Travellers from Australia are looking to spend a longer duration overseas, Travelport revealed, with an average length of 32 days, a significant 10-day increase from 2019.

Airlines are now putting Down Under back on their flight network. British Airways will be resuming flights between Singapore and Sydney from 28 March, after pausing the route for two years.

Operated on a Boeing 787-9, Flight BA15 is scheduled to take off from London on 27 March and will arrive in Singapore on 28 March at 1745. The flight will depart from Singapore on 28 March at 1925 and land in Sydney on 29 March at 0610.

The returning flight BA16 will depart from Sydney at 1550 and will arrive in Singapore at 2105, and then depart at 2235 for London Heathrow.

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