28 May 2013
Qantas today announced significant investments in Perth Airport over the next 18 months to expand and upgrade its domestic terminal facilities, as well as using additional and larger aircraft on interstate and intrastate routes
The changes include:
- Introducing an additional Airbus A330 aircraft (VH-EBS, ex Jetstar) this week for flights between Perth and the Eastern States, so all Qantas Perth-Sydney and Perth-Melbourne weekday services are operated by Airbus A330s;
- Qantas and QantasLink using larger aircraft on key intrastate routes including Learmonth and Karratha as well as additional services to Geraldton, providing two early morning departures to Perth.
- Constructing a new Qantas Club lounge in Terminal 3;
- Expanding selected intra-WA and charter services arrivals and departures from Terminal 4 into Terminal 3 over coming weeks, followed by Jetstar services;
- From late 2014, Qantas Domestic, Jetstar, QantasLink and some Network Aviation flights will operate from Terminals 3 and 4, which will make both terminals solely used by the Qantas Group and its airlines. Virgin Australia is due to move out of Terminal 3 in mid-2014, to relocate its domestic services to the new Domestic Pier currently being constructed at Terminal 1.
Qantas reports that its intra-WA business has grown by 22% this year, mainly due to resource company contracts.
Qantas recently upgraded Terminal 4 with an expanded Qantas Club lounge, improved security screening and check-in facilities, free WiFi and new dining and retail outlets.