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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Qantas to launch direct flights from Perth to Rome in 2022

Qantas announced that it will launch the only direct flight from Australia to Europe from mid-2022 to meet demand during the peak European holiday season.

Starting June 22 next year, Qantas will operate a return flight from Sydney to Rome via Perth three times a week, three hours short of the current fastest route.

The new route should complement the resumption of a direct direct flight from Perth to London, which is expected to depart in April.

This came just days after Western Australia (WA) announced a relaxation of tight border controls and reestablishing links with the rest of the country and the world on February 5, 2022, after nearly two years of isolation.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the strong travel demand since the border opened has given the company confidence to explore new directions.

“We are seeing amazing demand for our direct flights from Perth to London,” Joyce said. “These are exciting destinations and there is strong evidence that the pandemic is making non-stop flights between Australia and the rest of the world even more desirable as we learn to live with the virus and its varieties.”

Italy is the largest market for Qantas in continental Europe for Australians visiting family and friends, Joyce said.

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Australians can look forward to reuniting with friends and family in Italy in mid-2022 (Qantas)

“We think customers will love flying straight to one of the world’s greatest cities to spend time with loved ones or enjoy Italy,” he said.

Tickets for the new Sydney-Perth-Rome route are already starting at $ 1,785 ($ 1,271) for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is designed specifically for long-haul flights.

“Direct flights connecting Perth to Rome will be a game changer for the Washington state economy as Western Australia can once again interact safely with the world,” said Western Australian Prime Minister Mark McGowan. “These new flights, along with our Reconnect WA plan, will help diversify our economy and support new jobs in our tourism and hospitality sector.”

In 2019, about 11,100 visitors from Italy flew to Washington and spent about $ 29 million ($ 20.7 million).

“Today’s Qantas announcement could not have been more exciting as we prepare to welcome the return of foreign visitors to Western Australia in 2022,” said Tourism Minister David Templeman.

Rebecca Zhu

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Rebecca Zhu is an Australian reporter based in Sydney. She specializes in Australian economics, property and education. Contact her at [email protected]

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