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Direct to Perth…ready to fly

Direct flights between Hobart and Perth are set for take-off. In yet another sign that our tourism industry goes from strength-to-strength, Virgin Australia will introduce non-stop flights west in September, just in time for the school holidays. The three-day-a-week service will begin on September 19 and would shave up to three hours off the current travel time. The year-round flights would also add more than 54,000 direct seats into Tasmania’s travel market annually. Such a huge reduction in travel time between Hobart and Perth is very welcome news, and Tourism Industry Council boss, Luke Martin, told ABC News: “There are two million people living in Western Australia who currently look at the proposition of coming to Tasmania, potentially through a seven or eight-hour trip, via stopping in Melbourne.” He added the new flights would also open up possibilities for more international visitors as Qantas now offers direct Perth-London flights. Latest Tourism Tasmania statistics reveal 51,800 people visited the island state from Western Australia in the year to March.

10 July 2018, Edition 196

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