India will just be 8 hours away, WA requests airlines to start direct flights from India to Perth.
News by NRI Herald Australia, 17 July 2022
The government of Western Australia, the largest state of Australia, has held talks with the top management of Air India, Vistara and IndiGo- reported The Australia Today
During his visit to New Delhi and Mumbai, Western Australia’s Deputy Premier Roger Cook met airline top executives and Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia to connect with Perth to boost tourism from India.
Western Australia’s largest business delegation is currently on a multi-city visit to India. While discussions are primarily focused on trade relations between the two regions, the stakeholders also talked about the possibility of a direct flight connection between Perth and India.
As per the latest reports, discussions between Western Australia’s business delegation and Indian counterparts have piqued the interests of aviation enthusiasts. It has emerged that WA’s visiting delegates are keen on establishing a direct flight connection between Pert and India to boost the region’s economy and tourism industry.
The two airlines being considered at the moment are Air India and IndiGo. Air India currently flies its Dreamliners to Melbourne and Sydney, and IndiGo – which doesn’t have long-range jets – could potentially be roped in for partnership agreements.
Roger Cook, WA's Deputy Premier, and the Minister of State Development, Jobs and Trade, Tourism, Commerce, and Science, told BusinessLine during an interview,
“We are going to have meetings with a range of companies. The Tatas, who are a major aviation company in India... We are looking forward to sitting down with them and explore the opportunities of direct flights between India and Perth, Western Australia. The other company is IndiGo.”
Cook, who is leading Western Australia’s biggest trade, investment and education delegation, highlighted that Perth is also the host of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup later this year. In a local media interview he said:
“I met Tata Group chairman N. Chandrasekaran and requested him to consider Perth as a route for Air India or Vistara which are part of the Tata Group. Our officials had also met with top executives of IndiGo.”
India ranks 11th in terms of footfalls and 10th in terms of spending in Western Australia.
As per The Australia Today, Western Australia has allocated AUD 167 million for 2022-23 just to promote tourism globally. Cook told media that Western Australia covers nearly one-third of Australia and would suit Indian tourists. He added:
“Tourism Western Australia’s research indicates travellers from India are especially interested in nature and wildlife, stunning coastlines, beaches and marine wildlife, local cuisine and a family-friendly destination – Western Australia has all this to offer and much more.”
India ranks 11th in terms of footfalls and 10th in terms of spending in Western Australia. The state has seen the return of visitors from India with arrivals in May reaching more than 90 percent of pre-COVID levels and forward bookings for July and August even higher than before the pandemic.
As per the simplifying report, In December 2021, Qantas resumed its flights to India, connecting Sydney with New Delhi. This was its first flight to the country in almost 10 years. But there was good reason for the airline to make a return. Air India had already started operating nonstop flights to Sydney and Melbourne, and data from those services was impressive.