Qantas and Perth Airport strike $5bn deal to future proof WA’s aviation capacity


Qantas and Perth Airport have struck a multi-billion dollar deal that will see a new runway, an expansion of its current T3 terminal and the carrier relocate to the eastern side of the airport.

Qantas will move its operations to a new terminal complex to be built onto the existing T1, with the move to be completed by 2031. In the meantime, Jetstar will move its domestic operations to T2, while its international operations will stay at T1.

The $5 billion deal will also see a new parallel runway completed by late 2028 and construction of the airport’s first hotel.

“This is the largest airport infrastructure deal in our history,” said Qantas CEO Vanessa Hudson.

“It will enable us to create a world-class western hub and significantly expand our domestic and international services over the short, medium and long term.

“Not only will it allow us to bring hundreds of thousands more travellers to and through Western Australia each year, it will also make it easier for overseas tourists to connect to more destinations across Australia.

“Perth-London and Perth-Rome are two of the most popular flights on our international network, which gives us confidence in our strategy to ramp up WA flying over the next few years as we receive new aircraft and grow our fleet.

“With the launch of Perth-Paris in July and Jetstar’s new services into Asia starting later this year, we have a pipeline of growth underway that will mean Perth is on track to become our second biggest international gateway behind Sydney.”

Perth Airport CEO Jason Waters said the deal marked “a special moment in the history of aviation in Western Australia”.

“Qantas has some ambitious growth plans for its operations in Perth and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to push ahead together to realise this potential,” he said.

“Western Australians will now see the largest-ever private investment in an infrastructure development in Perth – a once in a lifetime investment program that will completely change the face of Perth Airport over the next decade.”

Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall welcomed the certainty and investment the new commercial agreement brings.

“A key outcome of the new commercial arrangement is a significant expansion in aviation capacity to attract new international routes, both in the short term and over time,” Hall said.

“Ultimately, a single airport for international and interstate visitors with easy connections to regional WA services, will create a seamless transfer for visitors and enhance international tourism to Perth and regional WA.”