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How to choose the right flights and airline

Planning a trip to Australia takes time and a lot of research. One of the first steps in planning your itinerary is to choose your arrival and departure cities so that you can start searching for flights.

In the next few lines we will give you some tips to extricate yourself in the complicated jungle of airline companies and flight search engines.

Which Australian airport should you arrive at?

Australia has seven major international airports: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Cairns and Darwin. At the moment, however, only the top five on the list offer comfortable connections to Europe. Cairns and Darwin, on the other hand, have a very limited number of international connections; arriving or departing from one of these two airports with a single intercontinental ticket that guarantees the right to re-routing in the event of a lost connection is not easy (but not impossible).

How long is the flight to Australia?

Let’s start from the fact that, at least to date, there are no direct Italy / Australia connections. So get ready to make at least one stopover and a long, long journey. Of the major Australian cities, the closest to Europe is Perth and the shortest route to reach it takes 16 and a half hours of actual flight. If your destination is Sydney or Melbourne, expect at least 21 – 22 hours of travel, excluding stopover.

Which airline to choose?

Air connections are operated by several Asian and Middle Eastern airlines. Among them, the company that offers the most connections is definitely Emirates. From Italy it is in fact possible to fly from Bologna, Milan, Rome and Venice to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, obviously with a stopover in Dubai.

The UAE carrier also boasts a partnership with Qantasthe Australian flag carrier, which allows you to create a single booking that includes both intercontinental and intra-Australian flights operated by Qantas o Jetstar. The advantages of this choice are two:

a) sometimes, but not always, buying all flights together saves a few hundred euros;

b) you have the same baggage allowance on intercontinental and domestic flights.

Alitalia, Etihad e Virgin Australia shared flights (so-called code-sharing) operate on many routes. Also in this case you can have the economic advantage deriving from the creation of a single flight plan, in addition to the right to re-routing in the event of delays or missed connections. If you opt for this solution, your stopover hub will be Abu Dhabi.

Virgin Australia it also has code-sharing agreements with Singapore Airlines that connects Roma e Milano con Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide e Brisbane, via Singapore.

Thai it offers excellent connections via Bangkok to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane from both Rome and Milan.

Qatar Airways instead it connects the Italian airports of Pisa, Rome, Milan and Venice with Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney with connection to Doha.

The only European company to operate on Australia is British Airwaysbut the flight necessarily requires an intermediate technical stopover (usually in Singapore), although a direct flight from London to the north Australian coast has recently been inaugurated.

Cathay Pacific connects Rome and Milan to all major Australian airports, including Cairns.

Many Chinese companies (Air China, China Airlines, China Southern, China Eastern) offer connections between Italy and Australia with a stopover in various Chinese cities. However, the lower frequency of connections means that the stopover time is often quite long.

How much do flights to Australia cost?

Giving a precise answer to this question is almost impossible. In fact, the rates vary continuously according to the travel period, the departure airport, the itinerary and (above all) the load factor of the flights.

Il indicative spending range for an Italy / Sydney return flight in economy class, it ranges from a minimum of € 900 to € 1400 or more if the availability of seats is very limited.

Internal flights to Australia deserve a separate discussion. If the connections between the main airports are very frequent and at more than reasonable rates, those with the regional or predominantly tourist airports live in a diametrically opposite situation, characterized by reduced frequencies and dizzying rates.

For example, with a little flexibility it is not at all difficult to find a Cairns / Sydney flight that is around € 100 or so. Finding a direct Cairns / Ayers Rock flight under € 300 is quite a challenge.

In conclusion, based on our experience we can say that the average budget he likes feathers and saltsfor a classic Australian itinerary that includes Melbourne, Sydney, Ayers Rock, Cairns and Kangaroo Island is around € 2200 – € 2800 per person.

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