Direct flights between Perth and Manila will be launched on March 27 after being temporarily put on hold in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Australia Philippines Business Council confirmed the news at a breakfast briefing this morning, announcing the Perth-Manila service would be operated by Philippine Airlines.
“[The new flight] will present direct connectivity for business and investment, international education, travel and tourism between Western Australia and the Philippines,” APBC vice-president WA, Louisa Cotter, said.
“More than 90 per cent of the population in the Philippines speak English as a second language, which makes Philippines one of the most attractive regions for investment in key markets such as business process, outsourcing, customer service and so much more.”
Perth Airport senior vice-president Stephanie Juszkiewicz said the launch of the flight route would sustain market growth and strengthen business partnerships.
“The strong partnership between Philippine Airlines, Perth Airport and the state government through Tourism WA has resulted in this fantastic opportunity that we trust will benefit business,” she said.
Philippine Airlines currently operates direct flights to Manila from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. According to APBC, Australia is the third largest contributor to tourist arrivals in the Philippines.
The Perth-Manila flight will be a seven-hour trip departing on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays weekly.
Article courtesy of Business News – Perth, Western Australia www.businessnews.com.au