Australia’s most popular airline Qantas has added two new non-stop international flights leaving from Perth.

Passengers departing from the WA airport will be able to jet off to Jakarta or Johannesburg without having to stop over on the way.

Just a few years ago, it was only possible to fly directly from Perth airport to Singapore’s Changi airport. Perth to Auckland was later added seasonally and a non-stop Perth to London flight was implemented in 2018. The airline is launching direct flights from the West Aussie airport to Rome starting tomorrow. The Jakarta and Johannesburg direct routes will be launched on November 1st and November 30th respectively.

Direct flights to both Jakarta and Johannesburg go on sale today, and the Jakarta flights start from $870 return while the Johannesburg flights costs from $1800 return.

Both of the new flights were launched in conjunction with Qantas and Tourism WA. The WA Government recently launched a $195 million Reconnect WA package aimed to boost inbound tourism from both South Africa and Indonesia into Perth and regional WA, and with the cooperation of Perth Airport.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said, of the new routes, that WA “has become an increasingly important part of our international network and we’re really excited to be launching two more routes from Perth.”

Premier Mark McGowan said “these two flights prove that our message is being heard loud and clear – WA is safe, open and reconnected with the world and they are a vote of confidence in our State and are important aviation connections that will improve international access to WA, which is vital in diversifying our economy.”

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And, Tourism Minister Roger Cook added: “I know from my recent mission to East Java that the demand for both tourism and trade with Western Australia is only going to keep increasing, so it is vital we make it easy for both travel and air freight.”

Those located over East will soon have some new direct flight additions, too. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce recently announced that ultra-long haul direct flights from Sydney to London and New York will begin in 2025. Dubbed ‘Project Sunrise’, each flight will last around 20 hours, cutting up to four hours off the usual total travel time.

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