Qantas will significantly boost its international network from Perth with flights to Johannesburg to take off later this year.
From 1 November, Qantas will operate the only direct service from Perth to South Africa, operating three return flights per week on its Airbus A330 aircraft.
This route is among the latest of eight new international services the national carrier has announced since Australia’s international borders re-opened in November 2021.
It is being supported by the Western Australian Government’s Reconnect WA package and Qantas will work with Tourism Western Australia to boost inbound tourism from South Africa.
The flights will inevitably cut more than six hours from the fastest current travel time, with customers heading to Johannesburg from Perth currently having to fly on Qantas via Sydney, or via the Middle East.
With a large South African community in Perth, the flights are expected to be popular with people visiting family and friends as well as business and leisure travelers.
The route will also offer convenient one-stop connections for people traveling to and from other Australian cities.
Qantas’ existing four flights per week from Sydney to Johannesburg on its Boeing 787 aircraft have had strong bookings since they recommenced in January this year and will increase to daily from 30 October.
The Flying Kangaroo also announced flights service to Jakarta, Indonesia three times weekly from November 30 that will takeoff from Perth as well.