Perth Airport celebrates return of two international carriers

Exterior view of Perth Airport at dawn.
Kgbo, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Perth Airport, the gateway to Western Australia, will see the return of two major airlines, Thai Airways and South African Airways.

With the two airlines now gearing up to resume services, the much-anticipated return of these services represents a significant boost to the economy of both Western Australia and the countries these airlines serve.

Thai Airways Return

On March 31, Thai Airways is set to recommence its daily service between Perth and Bangkok, marking a crucial milestone in the post-pandemic recovery for air travel.

Kate Holsgrove, Perth Airport’s Chief Commercial and Aviation Officer, expressed her enthusiasm for the revived service, emphasizing the positive impact on tourism, education, and commerce.

“The return of this service means tourists, students, and businesses have the option of a non-stop connection to Bangkok,” stated Holsgrove.


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This translates to a substantial 186,368 seats and 14,000 tonnes of cargo capacity annually, providing a seamless link between Western Australia and Thailand.

With Thailand ranking among Western Australia’s top 10 trading partners and a significant market for international students, the non-stop flights are poised to invigorate economic ties between the two regions.

Holsgrove underlined the strategic importance of growing international seat capacity by securing non-stop services, making it clear that enhancing connectivity remains a top priority for Perth Airport.

South African Airways Return

Reinvigorating a popular tourism route, South African Airways is set to resume services between Johannesburg and Perth starting April 28.

The thrice-weekly flights, operated on an Airbus A340-300 aircraft, will deliver 78,936 seats to the Perth market.

Holsgrove sees this as a stepping stone towards rebuilding to a daily service, indicating a positive trajectory for future air travel connections.

A South African Airways A340 on the tarmac.
Konstantin von Wedelstaedt (GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2), via Wikimedia Commons

“The return of South African Airways’ flights is great news for Perth and Western Australian residents,” Holsgrove shared.

For those with family ties in South Africa and travelers looking to explore the African continent, this development opens up exciting possibilities.

Moreover, the restored services offer an alternative route for those journeying to South America, with flights available to Sao Paulo, Brazil from either Johannesburg or Cape Town with South African Airways.

South African Airways will operate its service on the A340-300 aircraft, boasting a total of 253 seats, including 38 business class seats and 215 economy class seats.


In the grand scheme of things, the resurgence of these international flight services represents something of a catalyst for continued economic resurgence.

The increased seat capacity, cargo options, and the facilitation of trade and tourism contribute to a positive ripple effect on the local and international economies.

As Perth Airport welcomes these aviation giants back to its runways, it further solidifies its position as a key player in global connectivity.

The renewed services by Thai Airways and South African Airways exemplify the resilience of the aviation industry and signify a brighter future for international travel from Western Australia.

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