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)||Start||Frequency||Aircraft|
|Singapore and London||1 Nov 2021||5x weekly||Boeing 787|
|Los Angeles||1 Nov 2021||4x weekly||Boeing 787|
|Singapore||23 Nov 2021||3x weekly||Airbus A330|
|Delhi||6 Dec 2021||3x weekly||Airbus A330|
|Nadi||7 Dec 2021||4x weekly||Boeing 737|
|Tokyo (Haneda)||20 Dec 2021||4x weekly||Airbus A330|
|Honolulu||20 Dec 2021||4x weekly||Airbus A330|
|Vancouver||20 Dec 2021||3x weekly||Boeing 787|
|Johannesburg||5 Jan 2022||5x weekly||Boeing 787|
|Phuket (Jetstar)||12 Jan 2022||3x weekly||Jetstar Boeing 787|
|Hong Kong||14 Feb 2022||4x weekly||Airbus A330|
|Dallas/Fort Worth||14 Feb 2022||5x weekly||Boeing 787|
|San Francisco||16 Feb 2022||3x weekly||Boeing 787|
|Denpasar (Bali)||27 Mar 2022||Daily||Boeing 737|
|Jakarta||27 Mar 2022||6x weekly||Airbus A330|
|Bangkok||27 Mar 2022||Daily||Airbus A330|
|Manila||27 Mar 2022||Daily||Airbus A330|
|Rome||22 June 2022||3x weekly||Boeing 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 new international flights from Melbourne
|Route (to/from Melbourne)||Start||Frequency||Aircraft|
|Singapore||20 Dec 2021||4x weekly||Airbus A330|
|Los Angeles||20 Dec 2021||4x weekly||Boeing 787|
|Delhi (via Adelaide)||22 Dec 2021||4x weekly||Airbus A330|
|Tokyo (Haneda)||15 Feb 2022||3x weekly||Airbus A330|
|Hong Kong||15 Feb 2022||3x weekly||Airbus A330|
|Denpasar (Bali)||28 Mar 2022||Daily||Boeing 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.
Qantas new international flights from Brisbane
|Route (to/from Brisbane)||Start||Frequency||Aircraft|
|Singapore||22 Dec 2021||3x weekly||Airbus A330|
|Los Angeles||22 Dec 2021||3x weekly||Airbus A330|
|Nouméa||8 Jan 2022||1x weekly||Boeing 737|
|San Francisco||14 Feb 2022||3x weekly||Airbus 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)||Start||Frequency||Aircraft|
|Singapore||14 Feb 2022||Daily||Airbus A330|
|London||TBA date after Apr 2022||Daily||Boeing 787|
|Rome||22 Jun 2022||3x weekly||Boeing 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.
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.