The service will add another 129,000 inbound seats to Perth each year and will sit alongside Emirates existing A380 daily service between the two destinations.
Dubai Airport is the world’s busiest by international passenger traffic, according to aviation statistics and analytics business OAG, and a key connector between Australia, the UK and Europe.
The additional flights will likely boost Perth’s proposition as an international conference and incentive destination.
Perth remains, for now, the only Australian destination to have non-stop flights to the UK, in addition to seasonal direct flights to Europe.
Data shows Perth’s international air capacity had returned to 94 per cent of pre-pandemic capacity in December 2023 and is expected to make a full recovery this financial year.
“[This] announcement represents another important step forward in rebuilding WA’s aviation capacity and further strengthens Perth’s global reputation as the Western gateway to Australia,” said Western Australia’s acting tourism minister, John Carey.
“Securing additional direct aviation services is absolutely vital to driving more travellers to our state, injecting visitor spend into our economy, and creating jobs in the tourism and hospitality industries.
“We’re really proud to have brought back or secured new non-stop flights to 19 global cities since borders reopened, and this is just another vote of confidence in WA as a tourism destination.”
Securing the second Emirates flight between Perth and Dubai was supported by the state government’s $75 million Aviation Recovery Fund and Perth Airport.