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Perth above 2019 traffic; has gained multiple new international carriers in 2023 and 2024

Manila - Perth

Perth is the capital of Western Australia and is the country’s fourth-busiest airport, behind Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. The airport’s statistics show that it welcomed about 14 million passengers between January and November 2023 – above 2019 figures in the same 11 months. The international market is recovering, aided by many new and returning airlines.

These carriers all launched or returned last year

Perth has done an astonishing job in gaining new international operators. This is most notable from the Philippines and Vietnam: neither country previously had non-stop flights to Perth despite significant indirect traffic. Manila and Ho Chi Minh City were among Perth’s largest unserved markets in globally.

  • 27 March 2023: Philippine Airlines to Manila (3-weekly)
  • 19 July 2023: Citilink to Denpasar (daily); returned
  • 29 October 2023: All Nippon to Tokyo NRT (3-weekly); returned
  • 22 November 2023: VietJet to Ho Chi Minh City (5-weekly); continues to Adelaide
  • 8 December 2023: Vietnam Airlines to Ho Chi Minh City (3-weekly)

Vietjet - Perth

Other new international routes in 2023

Four additional new international routes started last year, supplementing those mentioned above. The most remarkable was Batik Air Malaysia’s offering, which uses the 737 MAX 8 on Kuala Lumpur-Perth-Auckland and covers 9,470 kilometres each way. It provides a lower-priced alternative to Air New Zealand (daily) in the trans-Tasman market.

  • 3 June 2023: AirAsia Indonesia to Jakarta (6-weekly)
  • 30 July 2023: Citlink to Jakarta (3-weekly)
  • 24 August 2023: Batik Air Malaysia to Auckland (7-weekly but not daily); originates/ends in Kuala Lumpur
  • 22 September 2023: Batik Air Indonesia to Jakarta (daily)

BatikAir Perth - Auckland

Athens International Airport

Many international developments coming, including Perth’s third European destination

Qantas will begin the first-ever Perth-Paris CDG service, with the French capital joining the oneworld member’s existing non-stop flights to London LHR and Rome FCO. It will be the first time Perth has had so many European destinations. Passengers will be able to connect at the airport from across Australia.

  • 20 January 2024: China Eastern to Shanghai PVG (3-weekly); returning
  • 11 March 2024: AirAsia Malaysia to Kuala Lumpur (daily)
  • 31 March 2024: Thai Airways to Bangkok BKK (daily); returning
  • 29 April 2024: South African Airways to Johannesburg (3-weekly)
  • 12 July 2024: Qantas to Paris CDG (4-weekly)
  • 1 August 2024: Jetstar to Singapore (4-weekly)
  • 6 August 2024: Jetstar to Phuket (4-weekly)
  • 6 September 2024: Jetstar to Bangkok BKK (4-weekly)

Perth-Kuala Lumpur gains fourth airline

Despite Cirium schedules information showing that widebody-only AirAsia X has served Perth since 2008, single-aisle-operating AirAsia Malaysia will make its debut in 2024. It will be the fourth carrier to Kuala Lumpur, with the pair joining Batik Air Malaysia and Malaysia Airlines.

They will have up to a record 7-daily flights, with the operators also targeting transit passengers over the Malaysian capital.

AirAsia Malaysia will use the A321neo. This equipment (or the LR variant) enabled the new routes by Philippine Airlines and VietJet, and Jetstar’s three coming links to Southeast Asia. Comparable equipment, the MAX 8, enabled Batik Air to introduce new services.

It shows how important the latest single-aisle aircraft are for Perth’s regional development. The range, economics and not having too many seats make multiple markets feasible.

Prague Airport