A potential deal would join China Eastern, who has promised direct flights from Perth to Shanghai by the end of 2018 (AAP).

A planned non-stop flight from Perth to India has been described as a future boon for Western Australia. State Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said India is his next ‘non-stop target’, revealing Tourism WA is currently negotiating with an Indian airline. Many international students in Perth are Indian.

Key McGowan government ministers will fly to India in the coming months to lobby local airlines. Mr Papalia said there’s great opportunity there.

“We’re lagging sadly in our international student market,” he said. “The biggest source of international students for Perth is India.” Read more.