Qantas Rome Flights Hit 98% Seats Full


With 98% of seats filled in July, Qantas’ new seasonal service between Rome and Perth is perhaps one of the most popular in the airline’s history.

The 787-9 Dreamliners used for the 22 June commencement of the Sydney-Perth-Rome flights will be in service three times per week through October 6, 2022.

The Department of Infrastructure’s “seat utilization” was 97.7% for inbound services and 91.9 % for outbound services, according to new BITRE data.

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It was also the only direct service between Australia and continental Europe when it first began operating. Customers could use one return ticket to go in and out of several destinations by combining the Rome flights with the Flying Kangaroo’s twice-daily direct flights between Australia and London through October 2022.

In total, there were 2.057 million foreign passengers in July 2022, a considerable decrease from the 3.736 million travelers in July 2019 before the pandemic.

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However, fewer flights led to higher capacity overall; 85.5 percent of tickets were filled, up from 82.5 percent in July 2019.

“In terms of passenger carriage, Qantas Airways had the largest share of the market in July 2022 with 17.1 percent of the total followed by Singapore Airlines with 12.8 percent, Jetstar with 12.7 percent, Air New Zealand with 9.6 percent, and Emirates with 8.5 percent,” the report stated.

“The Qantas group – Qantas Airways, Jetstar, and Jetstar Asia (0.2 percent) accounted for 30.0 percent of total passenger carriage in July 2022. The group’s share was 24.6 percent in July 2021 and 26.4 percent in July 2019.

“Australian designated airlines – Qantas Airways, Jetstar and Virgin Australia (2.4 percent) accounted for 32.1 percent of total passenger carriage in July 2022. Their share was 24.6 percent in July 2021 and 33.0 percent in July 2019.”

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