Set to touch down later this week, it will be the first non-stop passenger service linking Australia to Europe.

Chair of Commissioners Eric Lumsden said the long haul flights were a game-changer for Perth and a major boost not only for tourism, but the improved connections are set to increase Perth’s attractiveness to global investors and international students.

“During the resources boom many international companies established business hubs in the Perth CBD, and with our close proximity to the Asia-Pacific region, the United Kingdom and European enterprises now have the opportunity to be a step closer to the world’s biggest trading partners,” Commissioner Lumsden said.

“With new European connections now is the time to take advantage of this significant opportunity by diversifying and strengthening the city’s economic base and growing industries such as creative technology and co-working spaces, medical, education, resources and energy, property, tourism and hospitality and small business.”

The completion of the Forrestfield-Airport rail link in 2020 will transport visitors into the heart of Perth, and complement the numerous hotels currently under construction to accommodate international and domestic visitors.

Commissioner Lumsden said the Forrestfield-Airport Link is one of many major developments contributing to $13 billion worth of private and State Government investment, that is changing the conversation around Perth’s competitive edge.

“With developments and State Government projects worth at least $13 billion at various stages, this economic catalyst has driven the launch of Serious Business Move, Perth’s dedicated investment and business attraction website,” Commissioner Lumsden said.

“With daily, direct flights connecting London and Perth, a five-hour flight time to Singapore and plans for further non-stop routes to Shanghai, Tokyo, Jakarta and India, Perth is poised to become a gateway for tourists, business travellers and international students.

“The time is now for the market to take advantage of competitively priced premium office and retail space and capitalise on investment and employment opportunities.” 

Issued by: Haydn Kruger, Media Advisor, 0427 832 942,