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The development of aviation access to Perth and key regional Western Australian centres will continue to play a major part in the growth of tourism throughout the State. Our key priorities in achieving this are:

  • International aviation route development for Perth, focusing on key priority markets such as China and other destinations in Asia.
  • Busselton Margaret River Regional Airport – supporting the redevelopment of the airport as the gateway to a key regional tourism area in the State, and actively working with the City of Busselton (airport owner) to secure an airline and interstate flights for its opening in 2018-19.
  • Broome – seeking opportunities to expand aviation capacity to Broome and drive leisure traffic into the region. For information on new Qantas flights between Perth and Broome, view this fact sheet
  • Kununurra – exploring opportunities to increase capacity/patronage through new or existing capacity.
  • Albany, Monkey Mia/Carnarvon and Exmouth – maintaining watching briefs on these routes to monitor performance and seek opportunities through aviation development or marketing to increase leisure traffic on services.

Perth Airport plays a vital role with regards to tourism in Western Australia as the gateway and first point of contact for many visitors to the State (international and domestically). As the fourth largest airport in Australia in terms of passenger numbers, the airport is considered a major domestic gateway.  Tourism WA works in partnership with Perth Airport as ‘Team Perth’ in route development and other relevant activities.


There are currently 19 international airlines operating to the Perth Airport, connecting travellers to more than 110 destinations around Australia and overseas. This will increase to 20 international airlines when Virgin Australia commences its three weekly Abu Dhabi – Perth service in June 2017.


All four major Australian domestic carriers – Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Tigerair Australia – provide interstate services to Perth Airport.


Aviation is an integral part of the social and economic development of the State. Regional aviation is a transport option for both communities and businesses, and air services play a key role in connecting remote and rural areas in WA with Perth, as well as catering for local communities, the resource and corporate sectors, and the tourism and leisure markets.

Tourism WA’s regional aviation focus is on the development of sustainable air services to grow leisure tourism to and within the State, stimulating economic growth. While tourism is an important component, the incremental growth opportunity to be provided by tourism on most routes is limited. It will remain critical for growth to occur in business travel and by local communities for commercial viability to occur.    

Regional airlines that operate intrastate services in WA include:

  • Airnorth
  • Alliance Airlines
  • Qantas/Qantaslink
  • Regional Express
  • Skippers Aviation
  • Virgin Australia/Virgin Australia Regional Airlines

The State Government also regulates a number of intrastate aviation routes to ensure the provision of Regular Public Transport ​on routes where passenger traffic is considered too light to sustain open competition.​

Last Reviewed: 2018-05-24