Qantas is gearing up for a big return to international travel with seasonal non-stop flights between Australia and Italy. These kick off from 22 June 2022, running through to 6 October 2022 – covering the peak European summer period.

Western Australia is again Qantas’ springboard to Europe, as with its usual Melbourne-Perth-London route. Its Italy service will fly from Sydney to Perth and then onwards to Rome. These will be the first and only non-stop commercial flights linking Australia with Italy.

In fact, travellers will be able to combine both London and Rome on the one Qantas ticket. This means flying into London and out of Rome, or vice versa.

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. After the restrictions of the past few years, it’s the ideal time to reinvigorate our international network and we’ll continue to look for new opportunities.

– Alan Joyce, Qantas Group CEO, 15 December 2021

Fares start at $1,785 return in Qantas Economy. The airline will also run promotional ‘points planes’ – on which every single seat is open for booking using Qantas Points. This includes Qantas’ inaugural flight to Rome on 22 June. There’ll also be a ‘points plane’ on the first flight departing Rome on 23 June.

Beyond new routes, Qantas is also rewarding frequent flyers who receive both jabs. The carrier has released a touching video, set to the dulcet tones of… Tones and I:

“I had a dream that someday
I would just fly, fly away”

Where will Qantas fly to internationally?

The airline’s schedule now shows the majority of new international flights starting by the end of December 2021. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and Airbus A330s make up the bulk of the international fleet. New flights to Delhi, Bali, Jakarta, Bangkok, Manila and Johannesburg have also been added.

Qantas new international flights from Sydney

Route (to/from Sydney)StartFrequencyAircraft
Singapore and London1 Nov 20215x weeklyBoeing 787
Los Angeles1 Nov 20214x weeklyBoeing 787
Singapore23 Nov 20213x weeklyAirbus A330
Delhi6 Dec 20213x weeklyAirbus A330
Nadi7 Dec 20214x weeklyBoeing 737
Tokyo (Haneda)20 Dec 20214x weeklyAirbus A330
Honolulu20 Dec 20214x weeklyAirbus A330
Vancouver20 Dec 20213x weeklyBoeing 787
Johannesburg5 Jan 20225x weeklyBoeing 787
Phuket (Jetstar)12 Jan 20223x weeklyJetstar Boeing 787
Hong Kong14 Feb 20224x weeklyAirbus A330
Dallas/Fort Worth14 Feb 20225x weeklyBoeing 787
San Francisco16 Feb 20223x weeklyBoeing 787
Denpasar (Bali)27 Mar 2022DailyBoeing 737
Jakarta27 Mar 20226x weeklyAirbus A330
Bangkok27 Mar 2022DailyAirbus A330
Manila27 Mar 2022DailyAirbus A330
Rome22 June 20223x weeklyBoeing 787

Sydney remains Qantas’ biggest international port with more than 15 routes kicking off from late 2021 to early 2022. Most of its longer journeys will be hosted by the sleek Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Qantas Sydney Jakarta reward seat
Qantas reward seats for 2022 international flights are rare – but they do exist!

Qantas new international flights from Melbourne

Route (to/from Melbourne)StartFrequencyAircraft
Singapore20 Dec 20214x weeklyAirbus A330
Los Angeles20 Dec 20214x weeklyBoeing 787
Delhi (via Adelaide)22 Dec 20214x weeklyAirbus A330
Tokyo (Haneda)15 Feb 20223x weeklyAirbus A330
Hong Kong15 Feb 20223x weeklyAirbus A330
Denpasar (Bali)28 Mar 2022DailyBoeing 737

From Melbourne, you could visit Delhi, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Nadi or Los Angeles by early 2022. Only the long LA flight will be on the newer Boeing 787s, though.

Bali to Melbourne Economy Reward Qantas
You might need to settle for an Economy Reward on the way back to Australia. Taxes are approximately AU$72 in this example.

Qantas new international flights from Brisbane

Route (to/from Brisbane)StartFrequencyAircraft
Singapore22 Dec 20213x weeklyAirbus A330
Los Angeles22 Dec 20213x weeklyAirbus A330
Nouméa8 Jan 20221x weeklyBoeing 737
San Francisco14 Feb 20223x weeklyAirbus A330

As we previously reported, Qantas will be extending the range on two Airbus A330s, so these jets can tackle the longer trans-Pacific missions to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Qantas new international flights from Perth

Route (to/from Perth)StartFrequencyAircraft
Singapore14 Feb 2022DailyAirbus A330
LondonTBA date after Apr 2022DailyBoeing 787
Rome22 Jun 20223x weeklyBoeing 787

Qantas will bypass Perth for its flagship London flights, for now. Instead, the Red Roo will transit via Darwin. The temporary re-routing will last until at least April 2022.

Perth-Singapore also returns to the map with daily Airbus A330s in February 2022. These flights will continue to be flown out of Qantas’ dedicated international wing of T3/T4.

Should I book these Qantas international flights?

We’ll be blunt – there is still a risk at this stage when booking any international travel using cash. Should you purchase a refundable fare or Qantas cancels or changes your flight, you are up for a lengthy wait for a refund. And if you want to change your travel plans on a non-refundable ticket, your only option is to receive a Credit Voucher – or fork out cancellation fees where a refund might then be available.

However, we also understand many of you (and us too!) are yearning to travel. It would be easier to book your flights now, rather than leave it and then face a rush of bookings if borders are eventually relaxed.

Use your Qantas Points for a flexible ticket

On this note, we still strongly recommend you book Qantas reward seats using Qantas Points. Qantas Classic Flight Rewards are fully flexible, with the change and cancellation fees currently waived. You can get a full refund before the flight for any reason, COVID-related or not.

Yes, we know the points needed can be relatively high. Carrier charges and taxes will sting your wallet as well. But this is your best option if you have plenty of points, and want the security of a full refund being available.

Be sure that you’re actually booking a ‘Classic Reward’ (see the screenshot below). If you’re buying a ‘Points + Pay’ ticket, that’s actually just a cash ticket offset by points. It has far more restrictive fare rules.

Learn more about finding international reward availability with Qantas →

Book with cash to ‘Fly Flexible’, but with no refunds

If you do go ahead and book with cash, you’ll be covered by Qantas’ ‘Fly Flexible’ policy. This applies for bookings made by 28 February 2022, for travel through to 31 December 2022.

Can’t make the flight? Under the current policy, you can make unlimited date changes, or put the flight into credit. But refunds aren’t part of the deal – unless Qantas cancels the flight or you buy a fully-flexible ticket.

Finally, before you hit ‘book’ – even if your state of residence has removed the 14-day hotel quarantine requirement – you might still need to do a period of home quarantine upon return. Check with your local state government website for the most up-to-date rules regarding quarantine.

Additional reporting by Chris Chamberlin.

Qantas adds Sydney-Perth-Rome flights was last modified: December 15th, 2021 by Brandon Loo