Tuesday 31 October 2023

Perth welcomes new direct flight to Paris


From the 12th of July next year, the near 17-hour flight will operate four days per week during the European summer and the Paris Olympics on Qantas' Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. 
Services will then move to three per week from mid-August 2024.

The flight will be the second direct connection between Perth and Continental Europe secured by the WA Government and is in addition to Qantas' existing Rome to Perth service. The new service reaffirms WA's status as the Western Gateway to Australia, with Perth still the only city in Australia with direct air connections from Continental Europe.

The new non-stop link will add more than 75,000 additional seats from and to Europe each year including around 37,500 inbound passengers to WA per year and will cut more than three hours off the current fastest travel time between Paris and Perth.

The route will also provide seamless connections for more than 70 destinations across the region, including Athens, Barcelona and Frankfurt, boosting tourism opportunities from across the continent.

In 2022-23, 19,000 visitors came to WA from France and an additional 108,000 travellers arrived from the rest of mainland Europe, delivering a combined total expenditure of $423 million in the State that year. The State Government has now secured or re-launched direct flights with 16 destinations since borders re-opened last year, through leveraging the $75 million Aviation Recovery Fund.

Other recent wins include the resumption of direct flights between Tokyo and Perth, with the first resumed Tokyo service to take off later today, as well as the announcement of new direct aviation connections with Ho Chi Minh City and Manila.

Qantas' Paris fares went on sale from 9am Sunday 29 October and start from 1,449 EUR inbound and $1,899 AUD.

"This new direct flight will add an important 75,000 additional seats to and from Europe each year and significantly improve opportunity and access for tourists to travel to our great State and explore everything we have to offer.

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