Airfares from Rome to Melbourne
Hello fellow Aussies,
My partner and I have been in Italy for over 12 months now. Like many other Australians, we miss family and friends and would like to travel back to Melbourne. Our friends in Italy have been very good to us and have let us an apartment. Today, after the kind assistance from the Rome consulate, we received a call from Etihad that a flight was available on the 28th April.
We don't want government help with a loan to pay for our flights. Our previous flight costs, economy return Melb-Rome, were some A$1500 each. When Etihad called I said we were keen to go on the 28th April if we could afford the flight. The economy option put to me was not guaranteed but the business class was more likely to be available. This was the Etihad representative reply regrading one way airfares via Abu Dhabi:
Economy €5906 (roughly A$9150) per person. For two, A$18300
Business €14627 (roughly A$22670) per person. For two, A$45340
So, if we were lucky enough to secure economy seats, the cost to get back home would be:
Hotel Quarantine Costs for 2: A$4000?? We don't know whether there will be extras like food and beverage?
At best, this would be A$22300 which we just can't afford. A more like scenario involving a business class flight would be A$49340!!!!!
We are so frustrated. Our Italian friend/neighbour who is married to an American booked return flight to Atlanta for less than €1000 including travel insurance. I know it is not comparing apples to apples but holy moly, the Australian government has to find a way of safely opening up the border with reasonable caps!