Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations

    Increased flights from Jakarta to boost tourism

    2/02/2018 1:00 PM
    • Garuda Indonesia adds fifth weekly direct Jakarta to Perth flight
    • Goal to increase Indonesian visitor spending up to $90 million by 2020 

    Garuda Indonesia, the national carrier of Indonesia, has announced an extra (fifth) flight per week from Jakarta to Perth, starting from May 4, 2018.


    The extra service is expected to boost visitor numbers to Western Australia from one of our fastest growing tourism markets. 


    The State Government, in partnership with Perth Airport, had a pivotal role in achieving the additional service to WA. 


    Discussions with Garuda Indonesia were boosted by Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston when he met with the airline on a recent Ministerial trip to Indonesia.


    Increasing aviation access to the State is key to attracting more visitors, creating jobs and diversifying the economy.


    Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:


    "To attract more international tourists, boost visitor spend and to create more jobs in WA, increasing aviation access to the State is the key.


    "Indonesia is a priority inbound tourism market for our State as well as being a significant export source for goods and services.


    "This increase in capacity will help us drive further inbound visitation to Perth and Western Australia, as we know the majority of our Indonesian visitors derive from Jakarta or Surabaya.


    "I'd like to acknowledge Minister Johnston's contribution towards achieving this service. The value of an Asian Engagement Minister cannot be underestimated in building strong relationships with our neighbours." 


    Comments attributed to Asian Engagement Minister Bill Johnston:


    "Increasing connectivity to Asia is good news for all Western Australians and business.


    "The McGowan Government is determined to grow our State's relationship with Asia."


    Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600

    Asian Engagement Minister's office - 6552 6700