More than a dozen new destinations will be a one-stop journey away from Perth with the arrival this afternoon of the first Qatar Airways flight from Doha in the Middle East.
Cities such as Berlin, Oslo, Stockholm and Brussels in Europe, Montreal in Canada and Luxor in Egypt are now hours closer to Perth — a major attraction for inbound and outbound tourists.
Initially the service will be three times a week — Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday — building to daily from December.
The service, operating a 259-seat Boeing, is planned to depart Perth at 11pm, arriving in Doha in Qatar at 5.15am. The return flight leaves Doha at 1.05am, reaching Perth at 5pm.
As well as the popular destinations of London and Paris, Qatar Airways also serves a number of destinations in Europe with an additional stop.
New destinations include Bucharest, Budapest, Brussels, Stuttgart, Venice, Oslo and Sofia.
Other new destinations this year will include Tbilisi in Georgia, Zagreb, Croatia, Mombasa, Kenya, and Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
The airline has an aggressive expansion plan and is expected to open up another 12 destinations next year.
Qatar Airways has 250 new aircraft worth US$50 billion ($48.8b) on order and plans to take delivery of the first of 60 revolutionary 270-seat 787s later this month.
Its first 787 will fly at next week’s Farnborough Air Show in Britain before being handed over to the airline.
The arrival of Qatar Airways brings to 17 the number of international airlines serving Perth and comes as the airport continues to break records for growth.
Perth Airport is expected to record almost 3½ million international passenger movements for the year ending June 30, up nearly 10 per cent on the previous year.Domestic passengers are expected to top 10 million — up a similar amount.
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