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Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - TRAVEL -

Ques­tion:

I am think­ing of vis­it­ing my daugh­ter in Aus­tralia, go­ing non-stop to Perth, then on to Bris­bane. What are the pros and cons of fly­ing non-stop to Perth. Matt D

An­swer:

I was aboard the first non-stop flight from Heathrow to Perth in March 2018. For any­one who needs to travel from south­east Eng­land to the Western Aus­tralian cap­i­tal in a hurry, I rec­om­mend Qan­tas flight 10. This daily de­par­ture is also worth con­sid­er­ing if your des­ti­na­tion is Mel­bourne (to where the flight con­tin­ues af­ter re­fu­elling), Ade­laide or smaller lo­ca­tions in Western Aus­tralia such as Kal­go­or­lie, Port Hed­land and Broome.

But for other Aus­tralian state cap­i­tals, es­pe­cially Bris­bane, I wouldn’t rec­om­mend this flight when so many faster one-stop op­tions are avail­able.

Go­ing via Perth, would in­crease the trip by 1,000 miles – which equates to two hours in the air.

Eas­ily the most di­rect route is via Shang­hai on China East­ern, which is also likely to be one of the cheap­est. You have a four-and-a-half hour wait in Shang­hai, but it is an ex­cel­lent air­port – and you could even nip into the city on the ma­glev ex­press train (the world’s fastest) for a meal.

Even if you have a par­tic­u­lar rea­son to fly on Qan­tas, such as its fre­quent flyer scheme or the air­line’s ex­cel­lent in­flight ser­vice, you can make the jour­ney much more smoothly and com­fort­ably via Sin­ga­pore (300 miles longer than the di­rect track), with just over two hours in tran­sit. If you have time, in­cli­na­tion and money for stopovers, though, a cir­cu­lar trip on Qan­tas could be just the ticket: out via Perth back via Sin­ga­pore.

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