Travel boost: Italian tourist arrivals surge as Qantas returns to Rome

Qantas is expected to operate direct flights from Australia to Italy, the first between the country and mainland Europe, from June 2022, when the Flying Kangaroo will resume service to Rome.

The country’s largest carrier last operated stopover flights from Sydney via Singapore in 2003 and the move will mean Italians will have a new connection to Australia in time for the European summer vacation.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said flights from Sydney would be operated via Perth on the carrier’s fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner three times a week from June 22 to October 6.

He said the new flight would cut the current fastest journey time to Rome by more than three hours using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with cabins designed specifically for long-haul travel.

Joyce said strong travel demand since the borders reopened has given the Flying Kangaroo the confidence to explore new destinations as travelers seek to make up for lost time.

“We have seen incredible demand on our direct service from Perth to London and on our new services to Delhi from Melbourne and Sydney,” Joyce said.

“These are exciting destinations and there is strong evidence that the pandemic is making nonstop flights between Australia and the rest of the world even more desirable as we learn to live with the virus and its variants.

“Italy is for us the biggest market in mainland Europe for people visiting family and friends from Australia and we think customers will love flying straight to one of the great cities in the world to spend time with loved ones or enjoy Italy.

“After the restrictions of the past few years, now is the perfect time to re-energize our international network and we will continue to seek new opportunities,” he said.

Joyce said the new route is expected to attract more visitors to Western Australia and Qantas will partner with Tourism Western Australia to boost inbound tourism from Europe to Perth and the Western Australia region, as well as promote Perth as an ideal stopover for Australians traveling to Europe from the east coast.

“Australia’s global reputation as a friendly, safe and unique destination is already a huge tourism asset and the addition of Rome to the Qantas network means visitors will experience the spirit of Australia before they even arrive.” , did he declare.

Qantas recently launched new flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Delhi and relaunched a number of existing routes from Sydney and Melbourne to destinations such as Los Angeles, London and Singapore.

Fares for the new Sydney-Perth-Rome flights go on sale today (December 15) from $ 1,785 round trip.

Qantas will also operate two “point planes” (bookable through December 21, 2021) for frequent flyers with each seat in each cabin available to reserve as an award seat on the inaugural flight to Rome on June 22 and on the first flight. departing from Rome on June 23.

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