Starting from June 22 of 2022, Qantas will begin flying the only direct route between Australia and continental Europe with three services per week between Perth and Rome. Announced today, the national carrier is planning the new services to complement the double-daily direct Perth-to-London services, which will resume in April 2022, making Perth a major hub for Aussies wanting to fly off to Europe and hop on connections all over the continent.
Timed to take advantage of the European peak holiday season, the introduction of Qantas Perth to Rome flights has been described by WA Premier as a “game-changer” to help the largely isolated state reengage with the world after being strictly shelled-in for pretty much the entire time since the global pandemic began in March 2020.
Long-haul-friendly Boeing 787 Dreamliners will be used to service the route, which will operate up until October 6th, 2022. Fares start from $1,620 return and the direct flights are expected to cut transit time by three hours, when compared with the next fastest available route between Australia and Rome. The entire journey, assuming your emarkation point is Sydney, covers a distance of 10,338 miles in each direction which should mean a total travel time of approximately 21 hours and 30 minutes. The long-haul between Perth and Rome alone would be around 16 hours and 25 minutes.
The introduction of the Qantas Perth to Rome flights is part of WA’s strategy to “open” the state up after years of shuttered borders. And it should be a key part of rejigging the state’s economy, seeing as in 2019 an estimated 11,000 visitors came from Italy to Western Australia and reportedly injected an estimated $29 million into the local economy.
“Today’s announcement by Qantas could not have come at a more exciting time we are prepare to welcome the return of international visitors to Western Australia in 2022,” said Tourism Minister David Templeman.
“As the only direct non-stop service between Australia and continental Europe, this highlights the importance of Perth as Australia’s western gateway.”
Once Aussies touch down in Rome, they would be able to hope across Europe with connecting flights available to 16 other countries, as well as a further 15 regional flights across Italy.
Passengers will be able to combine Qantas’ Rome flights with the carrier’s double-daily direct flights between Australia and London, giving them more options when it comes to flying in and out of different cities on one return ticket through to the aforementioned date of October 6th, 2022.
The first non-stop Qantas flight from Rome to Perth will touch down on Friday, June 24th according to the following schedule, with flights originating from Sydney for those who want to travel from the East to the West first.
- QF5 Sydney to Perth departing 5:55 PM, arriving 8:50 PM
- QF5 Perth to Rome departing 10:20 PM, arriving 8:45 AM (+1 day)
- QF6 Rome to Perth departing 10:50 AM, arriving 8:35 AM (+1 day)
- QF6 Perth to Sydney departing 10:05 AM, arriving 4:05 PM
Westbound flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, while eastbound flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Qantas has already opened up bookings for the service via its website.