Travelling from Australia to Europe has always been tricky. It’s a long flight, anyway – and it’s made even longer by the inevitable stopover on the way. The journey is about to get a lot easier, though, as Qantas has just announced that it’s launching its first direct flights in 2022 to mainland Europe.
The change comes just as Australia reopens its borders for international students and skilled workers. The new flights will allow travellers to make the journey from Perth to Rome without stopping from June next year. Best of all? The flights are already on sale, meaning you can book that trip of a lifetime right now.
The new route is the only one that connects mainland Europe to Australia directly. Happily, Qantas has teamed up with a host of operators to put on cheap connecting flights with dozens of destinations across the continent, including London, Athens, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Nice, Madrid and Paris. That means Australians will easily (and affordably) be able to travel on to their final destination, while Europeans from across the continent will be able to hit up Oz quite straightforwardly too.
If Perth to Rome doesn’t quite cut it, the extremely popular Perth to London flights will also return in April. Fares start from $1,620 (£823), with the service operating until October 6 2022. Tourism experts think the new route will open up Western Australia to travellers, encouraging trips to Perth’s many delicious restaurants and nearby nature reserves. Sounds good to us.
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