Western Australian tourism operators are set to get a little busier with the introduction of Qatar Airways’ A380 aircraft on its Perth route from May this year.
The introduction of the 517-seat, double storey aircraft means a 44 per cent boost in passenger capacity, equating to 300 extra seats a day or more than 115,000 seats a year.
Qatar Airways already flies daily to Perth from several locations, via Doha, including Paris and London.
The introduction of the A380 also means an enhanced passenger service including the introduction of Qatar Airways’ First Class cabin.
Qatar Airways has been flying to Perth since July 2012, starting with three flights a week but moving quickly to a daily service in December of the same year.
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said aviation access was an important component of any successful tourism strategy.
“The easier, and more comfortable, it is for someone to get to your destination, the more likely it is they’ll book that ticket,” Mr Papalia said.
Collie Shire President Sarah Stanley said the region was working to ensure its product offering would meet expectations of visitors.
“This is good news for new and potential tourism operators as new markets are looking to explore the unique and diverse tourism offerings we have in the Bunbury Geographe region,” Cr Stanley said.