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Perth Airport to shut terminals and cut pay

written by Adam Thorn | April 8, 2020

An aerial view of Perth Airport. (Australian Aviation archive)
An aerial view of Perth Airport. (Australian Aviation archive)

Perth Airport will shut terminals, cut executive pay, cancel bonuses and reduce employees’ working hours in a bid to survive the coronavirus crisis.

In an interview with The Australian Financial Review, chief executive Kevin Brown said, “This is the biggest financial challenge Perth Airport has ever faced. Our passenger numbers have collapsed, and as we collect aviation revenue on a per passenger basis, there has been a devastating flow-on effect to our income.”

The airport announced it expected “close to zero” interstate and international travellers between April and September, compared with 5 million during the same period last year.

Perth is the fourth busiest airport in Australia and welcomes almost 14 million passengers a year.

The news is significant as other local airports have yet to announce plans for surviving the next few months, and the cut in traffic.


Nobody is currently allowed to enter Western Australia from 6 April, unless an exemption has been granted.

So far, both Qantas and Virgin Australia groups have announced a complete ban on all international flights, bar repatriations, and significant reductions in domestic travel.

On Tuesday, Australian Aviation reported on comparison images from Flightradar24 showing the effect of COVID-19 on the nation’s aviation industry.

A Saturday afternoon in February 2018 (Flightradar24)

These pictures show the scene on a typical Saturday afternoon in February 2018 versus the scene at the same time and day in April 2020.

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Comments (5)

  • Red Cee


    Given all the border closures, I am actually surprised that there are currently this many flights over Australia. No surprise with Perth airport, no doubt all other airports will make similar announcements shortly.

  • Bernard


    Previous article discussed how Qantas were deliberately holding back on payments-not sure this should be allowed if they expect and get govt bailout. Same for other airlines if they’re doing this. Wouldn’t like to see airports sold off when they have money due but delayed from ‘deep pocket, short hands’ airlines.

  • Terissa Kerr Robinson


    Are Doctors and Nurses and other such Essential Service Workers Quarantining???? QANTAS Medical is implementing a set of PPE; disinfection; distancing and isolation usage in consultation and in line with WHA and local Medical models and Local and Federal Government Authorities.
    Report Factually before you start undermining people’s livelihoods. #fakenews

  • JS


    Close T3/T4 and Push QF to T1/T2!?

  • I have a flight from Saigon to Perth Australia on 26 September 2020 will I be able to enter through Perth international airport

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