Qantas confirms the return of Sydney-Perth-Rome in 2023

Our first direct taste of ‘la dolce vita’ won’t be the last, with the seasonal route firing up again next year.

By David Flynn, June 27 2022
Qantas confirms the return of Sydney-Perth-Rome in 2023

Australian travellers can start planning their Italian adventures for the 2023 northern summer, with Qantas confirming a second season of its new service between Sydney and Rome, via Perth, just days after the maiden flight's departure.

The Red Roo's return to continental Europe and first direct link from Australia took to the skies for the first time this past weekend, with services departing every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday until October 6, flying aboard its staple Boeing 787-9 aircraft equipped with David Caon's stylish Business Suite.

Qantas' new Italian route marks an end to an almost 20 year absence from Rome, when its Boeing 747 served the Eternal City until 2003 after a stopover in Bangkok.

Decorations for the inaugural Rome flight from Perth Airport.. James R Morgan, Getty Images
Decorations for the inaugural Rome flight from Perth Airport.
James R Morgan, Getty Images

Shaving three hours off the previous fastest travel time to Rome, the flight departs from Sydney, makes a pitstop in Perth, and then continues its 16-hour trek to Fiumicino ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ Airport.

  • QF5 sees wheels up from Sydney at 5.55pm and Perth at 10.20pm, touching down in Rome at 8.45am the following day
  • QF6 departs Rome at 10.50am, arriving into Perth at 8.35am and Sydney at 4.05pm

Passengers are also able to take advantage of a “circle fare” allowing them to fly into Rome and return to Australia from London on the one Qantas ticket.

Adding to the convenience, the city also makes a perfect jump-off to popular European destinations such as Athens, Frankfurt, Milan, and Nice with Qantas’ partner airlines.

In Rome, Frequent Flyers and business passengers can access the Terminal 3 lounge of Oneworld partner British Airways, which opened in 2018 and combines British and European design, for what the airline describes as “a luxurious and contemporary look and feel.”

The British Airways Lounge at Rome's T3 Terminal.
The British Airways Lounge at Rome's T3 Terminal.

Speaking in Perth, Qantas Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said the airline has seen a significant appetite for non-stop flights, with the west coast capital playing an increased role in its international expansion, including newly-announced services to Johannesburg and Jakarta.

“Australians are definitely on the move. Our customers are heading overseas to reunite with family and friends, to reconnect business links, and to rediscover the world,” Joyce added.

“Our flights from Perth to London are heavily booked, we’ve fast-tracked the return of our A380 fleet which will free up our 787s to operate new routes including Melbourne to Dallas, and we’re deploying A330’s to other new destinations including India and South Korea later this year.”

Qantas' 787-9 is equipped with the David Coan-designed Business Suite.
Qantas' 787-9 is equipped with the David Coan-designed Business Suite.

Perth acts as Qantas’ Australian gateway for European flights, as current aircraft lack the range to make direct flights from the east coast capitals. However, with Project Sunrise reignited and confirmed to take wing in 2025, its days as the primary hub could be numbered. 

In addition to non-stop Sydney and Melbourne to London and New York, Joyce has also hinted at the possibility of direct flights to Paris and Frankfurt, giving travellers even greater choice.

01 Jul 2021

Total posts 24

back in 2023 meaning the flight will go year round in 2023?

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27 Nov 2017

Total posts 26

No, back on from 16 June 2023.

08 May 2020

Total posts 81

It would never interest me unless I have some Business in Italy or UK where ever qantas may go with it. A midway stop being it in Singapore or Middle east allows a direct destination selection. I can do in 23hours Melb to Zurich (one stop)and If I compare it with the crazy Melbourne to Perth 3.5 Hours plus pre departure time of 2 hrs plus 2 hours in Perth (min.) 17 hours to Rome 3 hours change over + catching a flight to say Zurich 1 hour flight.  the Qantas option sounds complicated and non attractive

05 Oct 2017

Total posts 532

Yeah I agree, these two non-stop flights from Australia to Europe (London Heathrow and Rome), while exciting, aren't of interest to me unless I had some particular reason to go to the UK or Italy only.

It wouldn't make sense to fly to London or Rome direct, only to transit to another destination within Europe. In that case, you might as well change planes in Asia or the Middle East. I usually fly into Zurich as well, so for me it's generally been THAI from Sydney via Bangkok to Zurich, or Singapore Airlines via Singapore. Both THAI and Singapore Airlines offer numerous European destinations. For even more choices, Emirates and Etihad also fly to such secondary cities as Athens, Geneva, Lisbon, Hamburg, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and several others that most Asian carriers don't serve.

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14 Dec 2016

Total posts 43

hi, i am looking to fly on the Sydney - Perth Leg of this route, and wondered if it goes from the Sydney international terminal?

01 Dec 2012

Total posts 33

Yes, QF 5/6 arrive and depart from Sydney International. In Perth they come and go from the international section of Qantas Terminal 3. That makes it quick and easy to exit landside. Best to take your passport for ID.

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