Direct flights between Perth and Rome will return for a third season during the 2024 European summer, with flights going on sale next month, Qantas has confirmed.
The Flying Kangaroo took off from the Western Australian capital over the weekend for the second year of its popular seasonal Rome service after launching the route as one of many that debuted to great fanfare in 2022.
Flights will operate three times weekly until 3 October 2023, with the four-month service providing 22,000 seats on the carrier’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
QF5 takes off from Perth at 10:50pm, touching down in the Italian capital 16 hours later at 8:50am local time. The return QF6 service pushes back at 10:50am and pulls up to the gate in Perth at 8:30am the following morning.
Qantas International CEO Cam Wallace said the airline was pleased to return the service for another year while confirming 2024 would also proceed.
“Our Perth – Rome route was one of the most popular across our international network last year and bookings show that it’s shaping to be that way again,” Wallace said.
“We also saw many customers using Rome as a gateway to continental Europe, connecting onwards with our network of partners, with Sicily, Athens and Barcelona being amongst the top destinations last year.
“One of the trends we’ve seen emerge post-COVID is that preference for direct flights is higher than ever. Strong customer demand for our long-haul international routes has given us the confidence to commit to a third season in 2024.”
To complement the route, Qantas sells a ‘circle fare’ allowing travellers to fly direct to Rome and begin their return journey from London.
In the other direction, the route has also proven a boon for Italians seeking to visit Western Australia.
As a source market, Italy has rocketed up the list of those most valuable to the state from 23rd largest in 2019 to 11th now.
Western Australia Premier Roger Cook said the state was a game-changer for the economy and cemented Perth’s position as Australia’s gateway to continental Europe.
"I want to acknowledge Qantas’ confidence in WA as I hope this route continues beyond 2024 so people can benefit from the convenience of having a direct connection between Perth and Rome every year, be it for leisure travel, business or study — supporting key economic and cultural benefits for our state,” Premier Cook said.
"From keen travellers to Western Australians with strong family ties to Italy, all will welcome being able to step off at Perth Airport then set foot in the eternal city.”
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