- McGowan Government congratulates Virgin Australia on announcement of new route
- Australia's biggest and smallest states now connected by direct flights
- Service expected to begin in September 2018
The McGowan Government has welcomed the announcement today of a direct air service between Western Australia and Tasmania.
Operated by Virgin Australia, the service will start in September this year.
The Perth to Hobart service will run three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
According to the National Visitor Survey, around 41,300 Tasmanians visit WA each year and this figure is set to grow with the direct air link.
Currently, flights between WA and Tasmania have to connect to flights to and from Melbourne, Sydney or Adelaide.
Comments attributed to Acting Tourism Minister Bill Johnston:
"Congratulations to Virgin Australia on the announcement of a direct air service between Western Australia and Tasmania.
"The flights will make it easier and more attractive for Tasmanians to come and explore all the things WA has to offer, including watching a footy match at Optus Stadium, swimming with whale sharks on the Ningaloo Reef or exploring the magnificent Kimberley region.
"Increasing aviation access to Western Australia is important in helping us attract more visitors to the State and cementing our reputation as Australia's western gateway."
Minister's office: 6552 5600