Perth secures major aviation event Routes Asia


One of Asia Pacific’s largest aviation and tourism trade events is heading to Perth in 2025 with over a thousand business delegates expected to attend Routes Asia.

The event will take place at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 25–27 March 2025, attracting key decision-makers from over 170 airlines and 300 airports.

WA Tourism Minister Rita Saffioti said the bid win solidifies the state’s status as the western gateway to Australia.

“Direct flights and aviation links are a key part of our tourism strategy, and we’re really proud to have secured or relaunched 18 direct flights with international destinations since borders reopened last year,” she said.

“Routes Asia will provide a fantastic opportunity to continue our engagement with key players in the aviation industry and keep advocating for more services into Western Australia.”

Perth Airport’s chief commercial and aviation officer Kate Holsgrove said Routes Asia will raise the profile of Perth and Western Australia.

“In the post-pandemic aviation sector, there has been enormous competition from airports around the world to reconnect international services and secure new routes,” she said.

Perth Airport and Tourism WA have worked tirelessly to reconnect Perth to international destinations, an approach which has already delivered new services, new airlines and increased capacity on existing routes.

“Routes Asia is the right event to turbocharge these efforts and take Perth and Western Australia to the next level.”

The bid was secured by Tourism Western Australia in partnership with Business Events Perth and Business Events Australia.

“Hosting Routes Asia 2025 is an amazing opportunity for WA as it allows us to build on our work to secure even more direct flight connections between Perth and nearby countries across Asia,” said Tourism WA managing director Carolyn Turnbull.

“I look forward to welcoming aviation travel and trade leaders to our state and vibrant capital city in a little over 18 months’ time.”

Business Events Perth CEO Gareth Martin said the bid win was a collaborative effort.

“Hosting Routes Asia marks a significant milestone for WA and actively opens doors to increased global connectivity, advancing aviation access, business travel and leisure tourism opportunities,” he said.

Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison said given aviation’s importance to Australian tourism, it was especially pleasing to support Perth’s successful bid to host Routes Asia 2025 via the Business Events Bid Fund Program.

“Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund continues to secure a strong pipeline of international business events across Australia, including this latest event for Perth, Western Australia,” she said.