Philippine Airlines will launch a four times weekly service between Manila and Perth in Western Australia in March.
This will be served by an Airbus A321neo with 168 seats, including 12 fully flat business class seats.
Cirium schedules data shows that Cebu Air and Qantas also fly between the Philippines and Australia. Passengers can connect from Manilla to Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, all on Australia’s east coast.
The new route is one of Perth’s fastest growing sector, says Perth Airport chief executive Kevin Brown, and will add 70,000 seats annually to the market.
“We experienced a growth of 15% in the market this year, meaning 90,000 passengers travelled between Perth and the Philippines in 2019. Around 40% of that was visitors coming to Perth and Western Australia,” he says.
The number of Filipino students studying in Perth has also increased by more than 90% this year, the airport says.
In the background, Perth airport is undertaking a A$2.5 billion ($1.7 billion) investment programme over the next decade that includes plans for a new parallel runway.
Additional reporting by Simin Ngai