Qantas launches direct route to Rome
Qantas’ Rome to Sydney (via Perth) service
Qantas has launched a seasonal nonstop route to Rome – the only direct service between Australia and continental Europe offered by any airline. Qantas will operate three flights a week from Rome to Sydney (via Perth) until 6 October.
Demand for point-to-point travel has only increased post-COVID and the new route is already proving popular as Australians flock to Italy to enjoy a European summer holiday and Europeans travel to Australia to visit friends and family and experience a unique holiday Down Under.
“We are seeing strong demand for international travel as more countries relax restrictions,” said Alan Joyce, Chief Executive Officer, Qantas Group. “Australians are definitely on the move. Our customers are heading overseas to reunite with family and friends, to reconnect business links, and to rediscover the world and Italy is high on their travel wish list. We’re also seeing an increasing preference for a direct flight to and from Australia to make the travel experience as efficient and easy as possible and we expect that will be a permanent shift in the way people want to travel.”
Ivan Bassato, Chief Aviation Officer, Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), commented: “We are very delighted to welcome in Rome the first-ever direct schedule flight from Australia to Italy and to Continental Europe. This valuable achievement is the result of a long-lasting joint work between Qantas and ADR, with the support of main national institutions. Rome and Italy have confirmed the attractiveness of the biggest market in terms of volumes between Australia and Continental Europe; in 2019 nearly 500,000 passengers flew between the two countries via an intermediate stop. Now they can fly directly.”