Petition to Yaz Mubarakai MLA, Hon. Paul Papalia CSC, MLA
Reinstate direct flights between Perth and India
We ask the Western Australian State Government and Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia to continue to aggressively pursue direct flights from Perth to India. The Western Australian Government has held discussions with India's Ministry of Civil Aviation about the potential for new nonstop flights between India and Perth. Air India already runs nonstop flights between India and Australia, from the Australian capital cities of Sydney and Melbourne. Nonstop flights between India and Perth existed until 1997– let’s reinstate them! WHY ARE NONSTOP FLIGHTS A GOOD IDEA? Indian visitor numbers to Western Australia increased by 38% between 2015 and 2017 and in addition to this, almost 50,000 people born in India live in Western Australia (Census 2016), the third biggest overseas-born demographic in WA. There has been 65 per cent growth in the Indian-born population living in WA in the past six years. Visiting friends and relatives help to fill the aircraft on the way back to India. Furthermore, the biggest source of international students for Perth is India. Western Australia could be capitalising on this massive opportunity to attract more international students, thus bolstering our local economy and tertiary institutions 144,000 passengers already travel between India and Perth annually, and over the past three years traffic has risen almost 17 per cent a year. A nonstop service would also aid growth in business and trade, particularly around WA fresh produce. What’s more, Boeing data shows that traffic trebles when a nonstop service is opened on a route. PLEASE JOIN MY CALL by signing and sharing this petition to WA Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia and the Western Australian Parliament, and send a message: Please pursue direct flights between Perth and India to provide convenient fast travel for thousands of people annually and invigorate tourism, trade and international education in Western Australia.