Japanese visitors to WA will be able to make more frequent trips following the opening of a new daily direct flight service between Japan and the state.
The McGowan government has opened the flight service between Perth and Tokyo on Thursday with All Nippon Airways (ANA) operating the flights seven days a week.
The airline will operate the daily services on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, with a total of 184 seats including 32 business class seats, 14 premium economy seats and 138 economy seats.
Flights will begin from September 1 departing from Tokyo at 11am arriving in Perth at 8:15pm.
The state government said the flights will increase visitor numbers to WA, grow the state’s tourism and create jobs.
Tourism minister Paul Papalia said the flights will be appealing to Japanese tourists.
“This direct service makes it easier to travel between Tokyo and Perth,” Mr Papalia said.
He said he anticipates a rise in visitor numbers to WA.
“While we anticipate this route will see about 76,000 new visitors fly into Perth over the next three years there will also be significant flow-on-effects for other tourist hotspots across the State, including in many regional areas.”
“New direct aviation access like this is absolutely critical to unlocking the State Government’s Two-Year Action Plan.”
Premier Mark McGowan said it would boost WA’s economy.
“Boosting WA tourism to create more jobs and grow the local economy is a key priority for my Government, and these direct flights will help us achieve this,” Mr McGowan said.