Perth Airport (PER) is looking for opportunities to start direct flights to India. The Airport CEO says flights between Perth and India are a “no-brainer”.
“Perth Airport chief executive Kevin Brown is selling WA as a “medium-haul” destination from the subcontinent with a flight time of about 8½ hours between Perth and Delhi,” the Australian Financial Review reported earlier this month.
“It’s as quick coming to Western Australia as flying from India to London,” Mr Brown told The Australian Financial Review.
“The Indian aviation market is one of the fastest-growing in the world. If we truly want to connect and have the trade across the whole ecosystem, we need direct flights. It’s a no-brainer,” he said.
After the recent trade agreements between India and Australia, many new direct routes to India are already in discussion.
“Planned codeshare agreement with India’s largest domestic airline, IndiGo, to provide direct connections to 50 cities; new free trade agreement expected to strengthen demand. Qantas and Jetstar to launch new direct flights between Sydney and Seoul,” Qantas said.
Melbourne Airport already has direct flights to Delhi, which take 14 hours, on Air India and Qantas.
Mr Brown says he wants to see direct flights between Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.
“The Indian aviation market is one of the fastest-growing in the world,” he said. “If we truly want to connect and have the trade across the whole ecosystem, we need the direct flights. It’s a no-brainer.”