12 Dec 2013 08:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will commence daily flights to Perth, Western Australia on July 15, 2014.
non-stop services between the airline’s hub and its fourth Australian gateway
bring to 351 the number of weekly flights which Etihad Airways
operates between Australia and Abu Dhabi.
A330-200 aircraft with 262 seats – 22 seats in Pearl Business Class and 240 in
Coral Economy Class – will fly the route.
Airways’ President and Chief Executive James Hogan said the new flights would
be the first non-stop services between Western Australia and Abu Dhabi.
services will build the first ever commercial air bridge between Perth and Abu
Dhabi and will cater to the growing demand for travel between these two points
and beyond to Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
analysis shows there is a significant business opportunity on the Perth route.
Overseas visitor numbers are growing at a steady rate of around seven per cent
overall – with several markets to which we fly – such as Germany, France, Italy
and Ireland – recording an increase in visitor numbers of between 8.5 per cent
and approximately 30 per cent in the 2012/13 financial year. Significantly,
arrivals from the Middle East grew at more than 104 per cent over the same
Australians, too, are travelling overseas in increasingly large numbers with an
average annual growth rate of 8.5 per cent over the past three years.
flights are timed to offer travellers the convenience of daily departures and
seamless connectivity to our global network over the Abu Dhabi hub.”
highlighted the importance of the airline’s partnership with Virgin Australia
to the success of the route.
partnership with Virgin Australia and codeshare flights to 14 towns and cities
in its Western Australia regional network adds immensely to the strength of the
business case for the route and the appeal of our consumer offering.
one, travellers throughout Western Australia will be able to connect seamlessly
in Perth to our international flights; likewise, international travellers will
have the opportunity to explore the state’s abundant visitor attractions and
we will offer travellers a winning proposition – the convenience of a single
ticket purchase, through-checked baggage, convenient flight connections, and
also be well positioned to contribute to the economic development of regional
centres through increased state-wide tourism flows and look forward to working
with tourism authorities to achieve this outcome.”
also identified a significant new opportunity for revenue growth from the
business travel segment and from freight.
of the top 300 Australian companies have their headquarters in Perth and many
of these have commercial interests in Africa and the Middle East. Equally, many
UAE businesses have a strong presence in Australia, particularly in the
agribusiness, resources and tourism sectors. We anticipate that this will
translate to strong demand for our new services.
cargo front, we will aggressively pursue a stake of the current volume of
outbound freight and will look to develop additional revenue streams from areas
that have not yet been fully developed.”
Airways codeshares with Virgin Australia to Albany, Broome, Busselton, Derby,
Esperance, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kununurra, Karratha, Learmonth,
Paraburdoo, Port Hedland, Ravensthorpe and Newman.
Perth flights augment Etihad Airways’ existing services to Australia – double
daily to Sydney in conjunction with Virgin Australia, and daily to Brisbane and
three Sydney-Abu Dhabi services operated by Virgin Australia.