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Jess McHugh
April 27, 2017

Passengers can now fly nonstop from London to Australia on an new route to Perth with Qantas Airlines.

The 17-hour flights will mark the first time Europeans can fly direct to Australia. Passengers can start booking in advance, though the price-tag is not low.

The flights, slated to take off in March 2018, will begin at $2,270 for economy class. Leaders from Qantas hope that the daily flights between London and Perth will facilitate exchange between the U.K., Europe and Australia, CEO Alan Joyce said.

“This route makes Western Australia a new tourism gateway for Australia. We know from our research that there’s a lot of appetite to explore the west, not just from British and European visitors but also from Aussies on their way to London. A lot of business travellers, particularly in the resources sector, will stop off in Perth on their way to the U.K.,” said Joyce.

Direct flights from the U.S. to Australia are already in place from several Western cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Dallas.

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