Perth Airport (PER/YPPH)

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Major reasons to serve this airport

Wealthy. Fast-growing. High propensity to travel. And quokkas!! As a destination, Perth has got it all - apart from your air service.

  • 24/7 operations, no curfew.
  • As the western gateway to Australia, Perth occupies a unique geographic and economic position and is considered one of the world’s most liveable cities.
  • Perth is Australia’s closest and most accessible state capital city to the world’s strongest economic growth regions and has evolved into a major hub for air travel, freight and logistics.
  • Serviced by 19 major international airlines plus regional and domestic carriers, Perth enjoys the shortest travel times of any Australian capital city to key markets in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the UK and most Asian markets.
  • Perth Airport welcomed 13.8 million passengers in 2016-17 and numbers are expected to increase to more than 28 million within the next 20 years.
  • Domestic and International terminals are linked together providing easy and convenient transfers and access to Australia-wide market.
  • Same time zone as China and much of Southeast Asia.
  • Western Australia is a global resources hub, producing 37% of the world’s iron ore. Major minerals and petroleum include iron ore, petroleum (oil, condensate, LNG and LPG) and gold. Western Australia is the only Australian city of the World Energy Cities Partnership. Western Australia is also a world leader in mining related equipment, technology, software and services, including remote systems and automation.
  • Significant and fast-growing number of international students attending West Australian universities, technical and further education high schools and colleges. Top markets include: India, China and Malaysia.
  • A diverse range of tourism experiences starting in the vibrant city of Perth: quality hotels (3,300 extra rooms planned or under construction), casino & entertainment, golf, magnificent coastline and beaches, diving, fine dining, Rottnest Island with quokkas, historical port city of Fremantle and the Swan Valley with vineyards and fresh food produce. Venturing out further, tourists can enjoy outback adventures, Margaret River wine region, Ningaloo coral reef, scenic tour of the Pink Lakes, the Pinnacles and the magnificent Kimberley scenery. Be sure to relax and enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Indian Ocean whilst visiting Perth.
  • World-class meeting and conference, events (Perth Arena and new Optus Stadium) and sporting facilities.

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Marketing/and other support

On many metrics, Perth is the leading airport in Australia and therefore rightly deserves its title as the country's 'most international' airport. Want to know more? Then contact any one of the business development team for pertinent market data.

  • Perth Airport offers a wide range of support to our airline partners:
    • Tailored incentive programmes are designed to support airlines increase capacity, frequency or launch new destinations in key target markets.
    • Terminal activation for launch of new routes, new aircraft or major milestones, including media and activities for passengers and VIPs.
    • On-going marketing support through Perth Airport’s channels, including major campaigns, digital screens, social media including ‘Inspire Perth’ program, media releases and website:
    • Market data and information available on request.

Airport Catchment area

One in three West Australians were born overseas contributing to a high propensity to travel from the near-three million population which is centred on Perth.

  • Western Australia population: 2.67 million.
  • Perth catchment area: 1.7 million.
  • Perth is the major western gateway airport to Australia.
  • One in three West Australians were born overseas contributing to a high propensity to travel.
  • Market is well balanced: Australian residents (60%) and international visitors (40%).
  • Inbound visitors are growing strongly, +8% in FY2017.

Freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • Air freight is a significant component of Western Australia’s air service sector.
  • Airfreight is mainly transported in the passenger aircraft bellyhold of international carriers operating at Perth Airport.
  • Top air freight exports include: parcels, perishable/short-lived products, precious metals and gemstones.
  • Perth is the largest Australian export airport by value — gold being the largest export commodity by value. Fish and meat are the largest air export commodities by mass.
  • Qantas Freight, Dnata and Menzies are the largest freight handling providers at Perth Airport.
  • Perth is an important operating base for the world’s largest diversified corporations, including 78 Financial Times Global 500 companies. Among them are BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Woodside Petroleum, Inpex, Newmont Mining, Barrick Gold, POSCO and Mitsui.
  • Perth hosts 723 of the 2,049 Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) companies, higher than Sydney (639) and Melbourne (348).


Open 24/7 with no curfews, Perth Airport has four terminals and two runways. It was recently awarded ‘CAPA Asia Airport of the Year’ 2017 (<30 million passengers).

  • Western Australia occupies nearly one-third of the Australian continent. Perth is Australia’s sunniest capital city, located alongside the Swan River and bordered by the Indian Ocean. Perth enjoys hot, dry summers (Dec-Feb) and mild winters with rain (Jun-Aug). Warm weather with blue skies 70% of the year and clean air inspires a lifestyle that takes advantages of the great outdoors.
  • Perth Airport was awarded ‘CAPA Asia Airport of the Year’ 2017 for medium category under 30 million passengers.
  • Perth Airport is well located to the Perth CBD and is surrounded by major roads leading to the city and suburban areas.
  • The approximate distance from Perth Airport to the city is as follows:
    • Terminals 1 & 2 – 17 km;
    • Terminals 3 & 4 – 12 km.
  • Perth Airport is connected to the city by public transport (bus) and an airport rail link is currently under construction.
  • Taxi and rideshare options are available from the terminals. The Connect shuttle bus service to the city is a safe, hassle-free way to travel.

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runway(s): Runway 03/21 – 3,444 m; Runway 06/24 – 2,163 m.
  • Slot Coordinated: Perth Airport is classified as a level three airport by IATA and is therefore managed and fully coordinated. All slots are coordinated for Perth Airport by Airport Coordination Australia.
  • Operating hours: 24 hours/seven days a week with no curfew.
  • Terminal(s): Terminal 1: International & Domestic; Terminal 2: Domestic & Regional Western Australia; Terminal 3 & 4: Domestic and International (Qantas)
  • Minimum connect time: Standard Domestic-Domestic 30 minutes; Domestic-International 90 minutes; International-Domestic 120 minutes; International-International 60 minutes (note: airline variations apply).

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • A new parallel runway (3,000m long and 45m wide) is undergoing approvals processing.
  • Over $1billion worth of new development has taken place over the last decade and Perth Airport has announced a further $2.5 billion expansion program over the next 7-10 years.
  • Planning and projects

Vital statistics

  • Passenger numbers:
    • 9.2 million domestic passengers in FY2016/17;
    • 4.4 million international passengers in FY2016/17.