Nonstop flights between Perth and Japan are to resume with All Nippon Airways (ANA) to begin daily services from Toyko Narita in 2019.
The new flights are set to begin on September 1 and will be operated by 184-seat Boeing 787-8s.
“We are excited to add Perth to our list of world-class destinations, and are happy to be collaborating with Tourism Western Australia, Perth Airport and Tourism Australia,” said ANA senior vice-president Seiichi Takahashi in a statement on Wednesday.
“The city is celebrated worldwide as a tourist destination and economic hub, and we look forward to making it easier to travel between Tokyo and Perth.”
It will be the first direct connection between Perth and Toyko since Qantas’s withdrawal of its three-times-weekly Boeing 767-300ER flights in 2011.
“According to Tourism Research Australia, despite not currently having a direct service, Japan has become Perth’s ninth largest international visitor market with 28,700 Japanese visitors arriving into WA each year and spending $60 million,” Perth Airport chief executive officer Kevin Brown said.
“We have seen extraordinary passenger growth between Japan and Perth last year totalling nearly 140,000 passengers.
“We expect these numbers to grow as we know that the introduction of direct flights creates a stimulus of approximately 40 per cent in the market, just because it’s easier for people to jump on those routes.”
All Nippon Airways will launch a new daily direct flight between Tokyo Narita and Perth on 1 September 2019.
The September launch will be just in time for the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
— Perth Airport (@PerthAirport) December 26, 2018
ANA’s Narita Perth schedule, with effect Sept 1 2019
Schedule (local times)
- NH 881 Narita 11:10 ⇒ Perth 20:15
- NH 882 Perth 21:45 ⇒ Narita 8:25 (+1)