04/05/2022 - 13:11

Early return for direct Perth-London flights

04/05/2022 - 13:11

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Qantas will resume its Perth-London direct flight earlier than planned as the national carrier also announces new non-stop routes to tourism destinations from Australia.

Early return for direct Perth-London flights
Qantas will resume its Perth-London direct flight earlier than planned. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

Qantas will resume its Perth-London direct flight earlier than planned as the national carrier also announces new non-stop routes to tourism destinations from Australia.

Flights between Perth and London will begin on May 23 with tickets on sale today, earlier than the initial plan to resume the route on June 19.

The state government revealed international leisure arrivals from Europe increased by 2.8 per cent in 2019 compared to the previous year before being impacted by COVID-19.

About $545 million from visitor spending was injected into the state’s economy.

The news follows Qantas’ announcement earlier this week that it would be launching non-stop flights to London and New York, from Sydney and Melbourne, in late 2025.

Qantas confirmed an order for 12 Airbus 1350-1000s in preparation of the long-haul flights from Sydney, codenamed Project Sunrise.

Qantas group chief executive Alan Joyce said the A350 and Project Sunrise would make almost any city in the world just one flight away from Australia.

“Our direct Perth-London flights started in 2017 and showed strong demand for the convenience and time savings from this kind of travel if the product and service is right,” he said.

“Pre-COVID it was the longest route on our network and had the highest customer satisfaction on our network. All signs point to that demand increasing post-COVID.

“The first Project Sunrise flights will be from New York and London, but the aircraft will also be able to operate non-stop flights to Australia from destinations such as Paris and Frankfurt.”

Premier Mark McGowan said the earlier Perth-London flights return firmly positioned WA as Australia’s western gateway to Europe.

“Re-establishing international and interstate flight routes is a key part of our $195 million Reconnect WA package, and we look forward to welcoming even more visitors from Europe back to WA safely, through these direct services,” he said.

Qantas will soon launch its direct Perth-Rome service on June 22, which will run three times per week.

Tourism Minister Roger Cook said this was a sign of confidence that WA was open for business and tourism, with the United Kingdom being a key visitor market for the state.

“The two direct connections from Perth to London and Rome will provide a huge boost in the number of visitors coming to WA from Europe, which will create more jobs in our tourism, entertainment and hospitality industries, and inject millions into our State’s economy,” he said.

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