EY has much bigger problems then PER, lets not forget within a year AUH-MEL has gone from 1 A388 and 1 77W to 2 789's and they are cutting other routes left, right and centre. EK has also had their own problems. Neither of these are PER centric. The core markets from PER being SIN (we have seen SQ add the 787-10 with talks of possibly more flights be upgraded in the future), HKG (CX has added capacity bringing the A359 in), Indonesia ( CGK has been increased and DPS traffic is growing again after many months), BKK has seen growth the past year. The only core market that has fallen is KUL and that is mainly due to D7 dropping to 1 daily flight but again that is not only PER, they also reduced SYD & OOL at the same time. AKL/CHC has remained about the same, along with JNB, MRU has seen growth, now at 3 weekly services year round compared to 2 a year ago with that up to 4 weekly during summer and going off last summer's success a fifth weekly service during the peak period would not be a surprise.
Finally the possibility of Japan flights have never been imminent, talks are ongoing and last reports suggested they would start 2019 or 2020
I have to disagree - the issue seems to be PER-centric. According to the news item I linked below, while every other state has recorded double-digit growth in visitor numbers over the past three years, WA’s growth has stagnated or gone backwards. Further, overseas tourist data released in March showed PER was the only capital city to record an annual decline in overseas visitors.
See: https://thewest.com.au/news/tourism/wa- ... b88880578z
On the airlines:
1. I agree that EY has massive issues, but EY could have dropped BNE, or another destination globally - instead, it dropped PER as one of a handful.
2. EK's issues in Australia do seem to be PER-centric, as their description of PER differed significantly from SYD, MEL and even ADL, when asked.
3. CZ's comments that PER is challenging and not where it needs to be aligns with MU's PER flights - supposed to start this year - now going silent?
4. On Japan, it was only rumours, but it was reported that flights were supposed to be announced when Mark McGowan visited Japan, late last year.... the deal for a daily Boeing 195-seat 787 service with Japan Airlines is very close and will be announced when Premier Mark McGowan visits Japan later next month.
See: https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/china-so ... b88641749z
A flight to Japan has now been pushed back, yet again - this time, to 2019, supposedly due to aircraft availability and PER competing with other cities.
See: https://www.ausbt.com.au/perth-airport- ... -this-year
It's great to see all the increases though, like, as you say, to HKG and MRU, and of course PER has the new LHR flight. I still think more can be done.