Facilities will be upgraded at Perth Airport to prepare for Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner direct service from Perth to London.
Perth Airport and Qantas have reached agreement on the use of Terminal 3 (T3) to facilitate the operation of the non-stop service from Perth to London, on the airline’s new state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Perth Airport and Qantas will work to ensure that the T3 facilities are upgraded to allow for commencement of the direct flight to London from 2018.
The Western Australian Government has also contributed $14 million towards the infrastructure and fit out required as part of the upgraded T3 facilities.
The agreement ensures that the overall customer experience at Perth Airport is not diminished particularly for the 4.3 million passengers processed every year through the existing Terminal 1 (T1) International.
Perth Airport and Qantas will work closely with all relevant government departments at a state and federal level to ensure the ongoing delivery of high standards of customer experience, for both the new route as well as existing flights.
The announcement will help to facilitate the eventual consolidation of all commercial air services into one precinct, Airport Central.
As part of the arrangement to upgrade T3 for the direct international service, Qantas has made an in-principle agreement to move all of their domestic and international services to a new terminal at Airport Central by 31 December 2025.
Perth Airport said it looked forward to working with Qantas to ensure the opportunities from the proposal were realised and that the significant investments already made and proposed to be made at the airport supported the long-term sustainability of the new service and future routes.