Flights to Perth.
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha has discussed possibility of direct flights to Perth with Western Australia Tourism Minister Paul Papalia. He and Air India Chairman and Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola have recently held meeting with Western Australia Tourism Minister on starting direct flights to Perth from India.
Papalia said the meeting was extremely productive and significantly progressed efforts towards establishing direct flights between India and Perth.
An official release said that:
- India is already a fast growing market for Western Australia with the number of visitors increasing by 38 per cent from the year ending December 2015 to the same period in 2017,
- Air India has agreed to explore the business case for the route.
Noting that India and Australia share strong trade, investment, sporting and education ties, Sinha said direct connectivity between the two countries has the potential to deepen these relationships.
“India has a very open air service agreement with Australia. It encourages both Indian and Australian airlines to consider making use of the liberal arrangements to mount more flights between the two countries,” the minister said.