Have you considered a flight to Australia with a stop-over in Rome? In the ever-changing world of airline alliances, partnerships and code shares, there is now the possibility of combining multiple destinations on one round-trip ticket based on where you’ll have to change planes – and, unfortunately, the airline’s “rules” (the rules determine if stop-overs are allowed and if there is an additional charge for a few day’s stay at the stop-over destination).
Virgin Australia has applied to the International Air Services Commission for 300 seats a week on flights to Italy. If successful, Virgin Australia is expected to sell these seats in partnership with its alliance partners Singapore Airlines and Etihad – this presents the opportunity of flying to Australia via Rome, with another stop-over in either Singapore or Abu Dhabi.
If you prefer a stop in Hong Kong and Rome on your flight to Australia, Qantas has a codeshare agreement with Cathay Pacific for flights to Rome through HongKong. Qantas has recently applied for renewal of its 600 seats per week to Rome – but – Virgin Australia is contesting the renewal. This can be seen in light of the fact that Qantas would no longer need Cathay Pacific for connections to Italy once its alliance with Emirates comes into effect, as Emirates has many flights to Italy from Dubai.
AirBank specializes in complicated air itineraries – and we are able to offer our clients cheaper fares with consolidator tickets. Call us at 1-888-825-4529 to start planning your trip to Australia with stops along the way.