Travelling through Heathrow this Christmas

We’re looking forward to welcoming you and your loved ones to the airport this Christmas and working hard to make sure your trip runs as smoothly as possible. To help with this process, please be aware of the following:


Consider your arrival time
Allow three hours to check-in before a long-haul flight and two hours to check-in before a short-haul flight – and make sure all your travel documents are up-to-date. Please don't turn up significantly early for your flight as this can cause unnecessary congestion in the airport and you may not be able to check in your bags. You can monitor current security waiting times using the Heathrow app and on your flight detail page.


Remove liquids from hand luggage
You can’t take liquids with a capacity over 100ml through security. Liquids under 100ml should be removed from your hand luggage and placed in a single transparent, re-sealable plastic bag of not more than one litre capacity. Each bag must be able to close properly with all the items inside. These bags are available free-of-charge before security. Passengers are strictly limited to one bag of liquids per person.

(“Liquids” includes all drinks and syrups; creams, lotions, oils, perfumes; sprays, shaving foam, deodorants, gels and pastes; soups, jams, preserves, chutneys – and snow globes)


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  • Non-stop to Australia

    Non-stop to Australia

    Non-stop to Australia – step on at Heathrow, hop off in Perth

    For the first time you can fly from Europe to Australia in a single hop. Qantas’ new non-stop Heathrow–Perth flight is officially the quickest way to get Down Under.
    Comfort and speed

    The flight uses ultra-efficient new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to make the journey in a little over 16 hours.

    It’s still not exactly a short hop, of course, so Qantas have designed the passenger cabin to provide extra space, bigger entertainment screens and more personal storage.

    The airline has called it “hands-down the most comfortable aircraft that Qantas has ever put in the sky”.

    Even the in-flight menu has been redesigned to aid natural sleep patterns and help the body cope better with changing time zones.

    Why it’s now possible

    The Dreamliner aircraft is designed to be lighter and more fuel efficient than older aircraft, giving it enough range to make the 14,498km trip from Heathrow to Perth.

    What’s more, because there’s no refuelling stop, the flight path can be plotted around the best winds. Qantas’ technical experts analysed a decade of seasonal wind patterns while planning the route.

    Flight QF10 is operated by four pilots, with one or two of them resting at any time. The flight seats 236 passengers, well below the aircraft’s official capacity of 280 – so there’s less weight and more space.

    On the menu

    The airline worked with top chefs and academics to create a menu designed to help the body cope better with jetlag, with mealtimes altered to aid sleep.

    The menu aims to keep you hydrated – one of the factors affecting jetlag – and includes poke bowls as well as classic comfort foods. If you need snacks or refreshments you’ll find everything from peppermint tea to chocolate biscuits.

    Beating jetlag

    It’s not just the menu that helps reduce the effects of jetlag. Boeing’s next-generation aircraft has cabin pressure more like ground level, thanks to its high-tech fuselage.

    The structure uses carbon-fibre and plastics with better fatigue resistance than metal. It also helps keep noise levels much lower than on earlier aircraft.

    And the crew on a 787 can adjust cabin humidity – another way to reduce symptoms caused by dehydration.

    Perth to Melbourne

    Western Australia is a fantastic destination in its own right, with more surf, sunshine and scenery than you could tire of in one lifetime.

    But if it’s the east coast you need, don’t despair. Flight QF10 continues on to Melbourne after a short stop in Perth, reaching the Victorian capital in 3hr 25min.

    And if you do want to see Perth (here’s why you should), the good news is Qantas are offering a free stopover [conditions apply], allowing you to visit both sides of Australia in one trip.

    Fly non-stop to Australia

    Book your journey

    For more information about the route and to check fares, visit Qantas on the web.