Australia’s Qantas has announced they are returning to Rome for the summer 2022 flying season. It has been 18 years since the airline last flew to the Italian capital and this will be a welcome return for some.
There are a lot of Australians of Italian heritage, so there is a decent market for those visiting friends and relatives. In fact, it’s the airline’s largest VFR market in Europe.
Qantas’ Rome Schedule
Services will operate three times each week between 22 June and 6 October 2022 on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The route will be Sydney to Rome via Perth in Western Australia.
Qantas flight 5 will leave Sydney at 17:55, arriving on the other side of the continent around 20:50. It will then leave Perth at 22:20, arriving in Rome at 08:45.
The return, QF6, departs FCO at 10:50am, arriving in PER at 08:35 and finally into SYD on the east coast at 16:05. Terminal 3 at Rome should be used, which features a relatively new British Airways lounge for all oneworld frequent flyers and business class passengers.
Connections are available as well, to other destinations in Italy, as well as European cities like Athens, Nice, Barcelona and Frankfurt among others. Happily fares are also combinable with the London services, so you could fly into Rome and back from London and vice versa.
It’s excellent to see Qantas returning to Rome after such a long absence. Perhaps it is not too surprising, as the word on the street is that visiting friends and relatives traffic will be first to bounce back.
Clearly the Australian airline has crunched the numbers and sees more viability here than using the aircraft on another route. Whether it becomes a regular summer service or not will depend on how the wider recovery goes. We certainly live in interesting times!
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Featured image via Qantas.
Boeing 787 by Bahnfrend via Wikimedia Commons.