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Qantas the big kangaroo jumps over Perth

(Editor) Funny isn’t it? When outwardly tough, its good for you, when you get your own medicine it’s tough? The idea that a billion dollar company is at the whim of a person who in 1 hour can lock down borders does NOT work for normal businesses. It does not work for Cafes, it does not work shops and retail, and least of all LARGE businesses that take a month to re boot the schedule and get in the air. ADD this to iron ore miners and WA you have a BIG problem … fixed by sacking the Premier.

Western Australia’s Premier has labelled a suggestion to move its non-stop Perth to London flights to Darwin as “outrageous”.

Qantas says it is considering relocating the flights once international borders reopen due to WA’s hard-line border policy.

But Mark McGowan has criticised the potential change, arguing a terminal at Perth Airport had been upgraded to secure the flights at a cost of $15 million.

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DARWIN, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 23: QANTAS FLIGHT QF110 touches down at RAAF Base Darwin on October 23, 2020 in Darwin, Australia. Eight repatriation flights have been arranged to help Australians stuck overseas due to the COVID-19 pandemic and border closures return home. Passengers will be immediately taken to the Howard Springs facility for 14 days’ mandatory quarantine.

Qantas expects its direct flights from Australia to the UK to be in high demand once international travel is allowed.

The flight time from Perth to London, or Darwin to London, is comparable and that route is now being looked at.

“The airline is investigating using Darwin as a transit point, which has been Qantas’ main entry for repatriation flights, as an alternative – or in addition – to its existing Perth hub given conservative border policies in Western Australia,” Qantas said in a statement.

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