The Western Australia Government has confirmed the launch of new direct flights between Manila and Perth, starting 30 March 2020.
Operating on a four-times-weekly basis, the new route stems from a joint initiative between Philippine Airlines, Perth Airport and the State Government, state Tourism Minister Paul Papaila said.
Philippines Airlines will deploy Airbus A321 dual-class aircraft on the route, comprised of 12 seats in business and 156 in economy. Flight PR223 will depart Manila on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 12.05am, landing in Perth at 7.20am. The return service, PR224 departs at 8.40am, arrving back in Manila at 3.50pm.
Tickets will go on sale later this month.
According to the latest International Visitor Survey, the number of visitors from the Philippines travelling to WA grew by nearly 35% in the year ending June 2019.
In that same period, 42% of visitor arrivals to WA from the Philippines were visiting friends and relatives, while 10% visited for business, 17% for a holiday, and 4% for education purposes.
“The Philippines is a growing visitor market for Western Australia, with the latest visitor statistics showing more than 40% growth in visitors from this market,” Mr Papalia said.
“These direct Philippine Airlines flights will provide an easier option for Filipinos to visit WA, whether it be to work, study, visit friends and relatives or have a holiday.
“Direct flights such as this help to position WA as Australia’s western gateway, whereby visitors can start their Australian adventure in Perth and go on to explore our many wonderful regions.”