Businesses welcome new Heathrow to Australia service

Businesses welcome new Heathrow to Australia service

A new direct service connecting Heathrow Airport to Perth is set to provide a major boost to businesses across the South of England who have interests in Australasia.

A new service is set to touch down at Heathrow as of March 2018 directly connecting London with Perth, Australia.

The new service, operated by Qantas Airways, will mark the first time a passenger airline has launched a regular direct service from Europe to Australia.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the history-making flight would be a watershed for travel, tourism and trade.

“When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route between London and Australia in 1947, it took four days and nine stops," he said. "Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop. 

“This is a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft. Travellers from Europe have never had a direct link down under before, so the opportunities this opens for them to explore Australia are huge."

The announcement has been welcomed by businesses across the UK with the route being heralded 'a major boost' for Australia - UK trade.

Over 1,000 British businesses operate in Australia, including well-known companies like BP, HSBC, Virgin, British Airways and BT, as well as hundreds of SMEs.

Australia is also ranked by the World Bank as the 10th easiest country in which to do business. It is said that you can set up a new business in Australia within two days.

Tim Bailey, international trade director at Chamber International, said: “An increase in air links between the UK and Australia is really good news for business.

"Australia is the UK’s 8th largest source of foreign direct investment and it’s our 12th biggest export market and we expect to see an increase in trade and investment as we approach Brexit.”

Seats on the London-Perth flights will go on sale in April 2017 for the first services in March 2018.