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Perth may be the most remote capital city in the
world, but it is still better placed to access exotic
destinations in Asia, Africa and the United Arab
Emirates than most other cities in Australia.
Perth International Airport operates direct
flights to at least 14 international destinations
(plus the Australian territories of Christmas
Island and the Cocos Islands). In about three-
and-a-half hours, you can be sunning yourself
in many West Australians’ second home, Bali,
while a five-hour flight will deliver you to that
one-time colonial outpost and present-day
shopping mecca Singapore. The longest-haul
flight to an Asian destination is Qantas’ Perth-
to-Tokyo flight, which departs three times
weekly and takes just under 10 hours. In just
over that time, Emirates can transport you to the
capital of excess – Dubai.
Late last year, Virgin
Blue started flying
direct from Perth
to Phuket twice
a week and
in June this
Perth-to-Bali runs from two to three flights per
day. In August, AirAsia will also add an extra
daily service to Kuala Lumpur to its schedule.
The newest player on the scene is Strategic,
a former charter airline, which has recently
expanded into the domestic and international
commercial market. The first flight to Bali took
off in June and the airline will continue to fly
there two to three times a week.
Perth Airport had no low-cost carriers
two years ago whereas today, flights with
low-cost carriers make up nearly 30 percent
of all departures and arrivals.
Flying first class has become a reasonably
old-fashioned indulgence. Having said that,
there’s nothing quite like having your wine glass
refilled, tucking your linen napkin into your
collar, digging into a seven-course, a la carte
meal, then sleeping flat – all while flying to an
exotic overseas destination. The only two first-
class cabins out of Perth are on board Emirates
and Malaysian Airlines. And when you book
a first-class fare, both airlines offer chauffeur
transfers to and from the airport (if you live
within about 60km).
Why free upgrades are few and far between.
Business and first class on many flights are
now filled with economy passengers who have
upgraded using points. Otherwise, airlines tend
to look after their best customers, starting with
platinum, gold, silver and bronze frequent flyers.
However, getting your travel agent to make a
note in your booking is said to help
World-ly wide web
Click here for the ultimate escape.
Whether you’re thinking sandy beaches, snowy
mountains or a desert oasis (read Dubai) for
your next holiday, the internet is a great place
to start. After you research destinations, you
can book your flights, accommodation, tours
and even get tips from like-minded travellers.
“If you can’t afford
travel insurance, you
can’t afford to travel.”
Auckland, New Zealand; Bangkok, Thailand; Brunei;
Denpasar (Bali), Indonesia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates;
Hong Kong; Jakarta, Indonesia; Johannesburg, South Africa;
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Kuching, Malaysia; Mauritius;
Phuket, Thailand; Singapore; Tokyo, Japan.
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