Perth welcomes return of direct Qantas service to London


Qantas has restarted its direct flight between Perth and London after a two-year hiatus during the pandemic.

WA’s hard border policy during the pandemic prompted Qantas to shift its non-stop London service to Darwin.

“With one of our flagship London routes heading back to Perth and the Rome take-off just around the corner, it’s clear that Western Australia is back on the international travel map,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

“We know that Western Australians love our direct flight to the UK and we’re seeing huge demand on these services already. It’s also terrific news for UK passengers who can stop off and enjoy all that the west coast has to offer.”

WA Premier Mark McGowan said earlier this month the return of the service earlier than expected positions the state “as Australia’s western gateway to Europe”.

“We are proud to welcome this important connection back to Western Australia,” he said.

Qantas is also set to launch of a new service from Perth to Rome on June 22 making it the only direct flight between Australia and mainland Europe.

Tourism Minister Roger Cook said the two routes will provide a huge boost in the number of visitors coming to WA from Europe.

“This is yet another sign of confidence that WA is open for business and open for tourism,” he said.