New international flight planned for South Africa

 ·31 May 2024

Qantas and Perth Airport are working on a massive commercial agreement, with the airline planning to launch a flight between Perth and Johannesburg.

As part of a new 12-year agreement, Perth Airport plans to invest roughly AU$3 billion (R37 billion) in new terminal facilities and a new parallel runway.

This forms part of Perth Airport’s AU$5 billion (R62 billion) capital investment program, which will deliver two multi-storey car parks, major access roadworks, and the airport’s first hotel.

Terminal 3 and 4 upgrades will also allow Qantas to add services and more destinations from Perth, including Auckland and Johannesburg, subject to meeting border agency requirements.

Qantas currently offers direct flights between Johannesburg and Sydney.

The potential move could be a significant blow for South African Airways (SAA), which relaunched its flights between Johannesburg and Perth in April of this year as part of its planned revival.

Australia is home to a massive South African diaspora, with the Australian Department of Home Affairs estimating that 201,930 South African-born people lived in the nation at the end of June 2021.

“This makes the South African-born population the seventh largest migrant community in Australia, equivalent to 2.7% of Australia’s overseas-born population and 0.8% of Australia’s total population,” the department said.

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