One-stop long-distance flights overseas from Perth are set to expand this year, with two destinations added to the list.
Johannesburg and Jakarta will join the list of direct overseas flights from Perth, which includes Rome and London, Tokyo, Guangzhou and Dubai, among others.
The Johannesburg route will be the only direct connection between WA and South Africa, and is expected to be highly sought after as it removes any transit via Sydney, Singapore or the Middle East, which travellers currently have to contend with.
Direct flights between Perth and Jakarta will start from November 30, with Qantas to offer three flights per week on its Boeing 737 aircraft.
The four and a half hour new route will help build important economic relationships between WA and Indonesia, an important trading partner.
Each new route is a first for Qantas and both have been supported by the State Government's $195 million Reconnect WA package through Tourism WA.
In 2019, Indonesia was WA's seventh largest international market by number of visitors, with 38,800 visitors spending an estimated $81 million in the State.
That same year, South Africa was the State's 14th largest international market by number of visitors, with 20,000 visitors spending an estimated $32 million in WA.
WA premier Mark McGowan said these flights conveyed the message that the state is safe, open and reconnected with the world.
"These two flights are a vote of confidence in our State and are important aviation connections that will improve international access to WA, which is vital in diversifying our economy.
"Having direct connections to both Jakarta and Johannesburg will drive visitors to WA and increase business, investment and study opportunities from Indonesia and South Africa to Western Australia.
"They will get to experience our wonderful state, which is known for its iconic beaches, natural landscapes and world-class food and wine destinations, engage with our incredible tourism industry, and do business or study in WA - injecting millions into our economy and creating jobs for Western Australians."
State tourism minister Roger Cook said having recently travelled to East Java, the demand for both tourism and trade with Western Australia is only going to keep increasing.
"Java's population of about 150 million is almost six times the size of Australia, while Jakarta alone has almost 11 million people.
"So that gives you an idea of the opportunity ahead for WA by having closer ties with Jakarta.
"We strongly encourage Indonesians and South Africans, particularly those with friends and family in our State, to take advantage of these fantastic new flights and visit your loved ones in Western Australia."
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