SYDNEY, 16 December 2021: Qantas will launch direct flights
to Rome from Australia from the middle of next year.

Effective 22 June 2022, Qantas will operate the only direct
service between Australia and continental Europe, flying three return
Sydney-Perth-Rome flights per week to meet demand over the European holiday
peak season.

The new flight will cut more than three hours off the
current fastest travel time to Rome using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with
cabins explicitly designed for long haul travel.

Customers will be able to combine Qantas’ Rome flights with
its double-daily direct flights between Australia and London, meaning they will
be able to fly in and out of different cities on one return ticket through to
October 2022.

The Rome service will also give customers another option for
reaching onward destinations across the Mediterranean and southern Europe
through Qantas’ network of partners.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said strong travel demand since
borders re-opened had given the Flying Kangaroo confidence to explore new
destinations as travellers look to make up for lost time.

“We’ve seen amazing demand on our direct service from
Perth to London and on our new services to Delhi from Melbourne and Sydney.
These are exciting destinations, and there’s strong evidence the pandemic is
making non-stop flights between Australia and the rest of the world even more
desirable as we learn to live with the virus and its variants,” said

“Italy is the largest market for us in continental
Europe for people visiting family and friends from Australia, and we think
customers will love flying direct to one of the world’s great cities to spend
time with loved ones or enjoy Italy.”

The new route is expected to entice more visitors to Western
Australia and Qantas will partner with Tourism Western Australia to boost inbound
tourism from Europe into Perth and regional WA, as well as promote Perth as an
ideal stopover for Australians travelling to Europe from the east coast.

Qantas recently started new flights from Sydney and
Melbourne to Delhi and restarted services from Sydney and Melbourne to
destinations including Los Angeles, London and Singapore.

Fares for the new Sydney-Perth-Rome flights went on sale for
the first time 15 December, starting at AUD1785 return.

The seasonal route will operate from 22 June until 6
October. Qantas will offer connections to 16 destinations in Europe, including
Athens, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Nice, Madrid and Paris and 15 destinations within
Italy, including Milan and Venice.