Virgin introduces direct flights from Perth to Hobart

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DIRECT flights between Perth and Hobart, operated by Virgin Australia, will begin from September this year.

The service will run three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

According to the National Visitor Survey, around 41,300 Tasmanians visit WA each year and this figure is set to grow with the direct air link.

Currently, flights between WA and Tasmania have to connect to flights in Melbourne, Sydney or Adelaide.

“Congratulations to Virgin Australia on the announcement of a direct air service between Western Australia and Tasmania,” Acting Tourism Minister Bill Johnston said.

“The flights will make it easier and more attractive for Tasmanians to come and explore all the things WA has to offer, including watching a footy match at Optus Stadium, swimming with whale sharks on the Ningaloo Reef or exploring the magnificent Kimberley region.

“Increasing aviation access to Western Australia is important in helping us attract more visitors to the State and cementing our reputation as Australia’s western gateway.”