Saturday, April 21, 2018

Jumbo-sized boost for WA

A recent announcement today by Qatar Airways that it will introduce the world’s largest passenger planes on its Doha to Perth route provides a significant boost for WA’s hospitality sector.

Australian Hotels Association (WA) CEO Bradley Woods said the airline’s decision to replace the route’s existing aircraft with the Airbus A380 was a boon for the WA economy and the many thousands of jobs which rely on more international passengers being facilitated into the state.

“Today’s announcement is fantastic news for WA’s hotels, restaurants, bars, pubs and other hospitality venues who will service the increased number of visitors entering the state,” Mr Woods said.

“With the A380, Qatar Airlines are able to facilitate more passengers into Perth as well as offering a higher quality service, for both economy passengers as well as those who choose to fly on their premium business or first class options.”

“High capacity, high quality airline options flying directly into Perth are absolutely essential to the health of our hospitality industry. WA has much to offer international visitors but it is critical that we can get passengers here quickly, easily and on high quality flights – today’s announcement delivers just that.”

The announcement by Qatar Airways comes just months before the commencement of direct flights from London to Perth, with the first non-stop service commencing in March.

In another promising sign of opportunities ahead, last month the WA State Government made advances towards securing direct flights between Perth and Shanghai, with a potential trial commencing with China Eastern Airlines in late 2018.

“Western Australians should be excited about the era that our tourism industry is entering – the potential for growth is significant and with this growth comes more jobs for local residents,” Mr Woods said.

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