Services connecting two Australian cities with the Italian capital are due to kick off the middle of next year.
Australia’s flag carrier has announced that it will soon offer the only direct service between its home country and continental Europe. From June 22 until October 6, 2022, Qantas will operate three return Sydney–Perth–Rome flights per week to meet demand over the European summer holidays. The new route will cut more than three hours off the current fastest travel time to Rome using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with cabins designed specifically for long-haul travel.
Qantas’ upcoming Rome service will also give customers another option for reaching onward destinations across the Mediterranean and southern Europe through its network of partners. The airline will offer connections to 16 cities in other European countries, such as Athens, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Nice, Madrid, and Paris, as well as 15 destinations within Italy including Milan and Venice.
Customers can choose to combine Qantas’ Rome flights with its double-daily direct flights between Australia and London, meaning they will be able to fly in and out of different cities on one return ticket until early October. Passengers will also have the option of embarking and disembarking in Perth, and the new route is expected to draw more European visitors to Western Australia.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement, “We’ve seen amazing demand on our direct service from Perth to London and on our new services to Delhi from Melbourne and Sydney. These are exciting destinations and there’s strong evidence the pandemic is making nonstop flights between Australia and the rest of world even more desirable as we learn to live with the virus and its variants.” The airline chief added that Italy was Qantas’ largest market in continental Europe for people visiting family and friends from Australia.
“After the restrictions of the past few years, it’s the ideal time to reinvigorate our international network and we’ll continue to look for new opportunities,” Joyce continued. Qantas has recently launched new flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Delhi and restarted a number of existing routes from Sydney and Melbourne to destinations including Los Angeles, London, and Singapore.
Fares for the new Sydney–Perth–Rome flights start from AU$1,785 (US$1,266) return. Qantas plans to operate two Points Planes for Frequent Flyers with every seat in all cabin classes available to book as a reward seat on the inaugural flight to Rome on June 22 and on the first flight departing Rome on June 23.
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