Qantas to launch direct flights between Perth and Rome, Johannesburg and Jakarta
(June 30, 2022, 11:36 +07)
Qantas has unveiled plans to launch direct seasonal flights between Perth and Rome, as well as a service from Perth to Johannesburg from November 1 and from Perth to Jakarta from November 30.
Qantas’ new non-stop flights between Australia and Italy will be the only direct service between Australia and mainland Europe offered by an airline.
A recent study commissioned by Qantas highlighted that travelers’ preference for point-to-point travel is higher than ever after COVID19. The appeal of direct flights between Australia and London has increased from 45% to 59%.
Qantas A330 reg: VH-EBJ. Photo by Steven Howard from TravelNewsAsia.com
“We are seeing a growing preference for non-stop flying to and from Australia to make the travel experience as efficient and easy as possible and we expect this to be a permanent change in the way people want to travel. “, Qantas Group said. Chairman and CEO, Alan Joyce. “We have seen an incredible rebound in domestic travel with the reopening of state borders and we are seeing the same now as more and more countries are easing restrictions. Our flights from Perth to London are heavily booked, we have accelerated the return of our A380 fleet, which will free up our 787s to operate new routes, including Melbourne to Dallas, and we are deploying A330s to other new destinations , including India and South Korea later this year.
Qantas began serving Rome in 1948 from Sydney as part of the airline’s 7-stop Kangaroo Line to London. Direct services were suspended in 2003 during the SARS pandemic.
Qantas will operate three weekly flights from Sydney to Rome (via Perth) as the only non-stop flight between Australia and mainland Europe.
Qantas passengers can also take advantage of a ‘circular fare’ allowing them to fly to Rome and return to Australia from London on a single ticket.
“WA’s Italian community is well established in WA. Direct flights between Perth and Rome not only open up Western Australia’s vast attractions to Italian tourists, but for many Western Australians who have family ties to Italy it will bring personal, uniting them with their loved ones by making their task easier. visit family,” said Mark McGowan, Premier of WA. “This new direct service will allow WA to increase visitation and spending in WA, helping to diversify our economy and supporting long-term jobs. That’s why, as a state government, we have invested significantly to market and promote the new Rome-Perth flights to ensure its success in the future.
Qantas’ thrice-weekly return flights to Johannesburg will take off from Perth on November 1, using Airbus A330 planes. The flights will cut the current fastest journey time by more than six hours, with customers traveling to Johannesburg from Perth currently having to fly on Qantas via Sydney or the Middle East.
The airline’s existing four weekly flights from Sydney to Johannesburg on Boeing 787s have seen strong bookings since resuming in January 2022 and will switch to daily from October 30.
From November 30, Qantas flights will reconnect Perth to Jakarta for the first time since the borders closed in March 2020, starting with three weekly flights using Boeing 737s.
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