South African Airways

South African Airways resumes direct flights to Perth. Image: File

South African Airways resumes Perth flights

South African Airways has recommenced direct scheduled flights between Johannesburg and Perth in Western Australia.

South African Airways

South African Airways resumes direct flights to Perth. Image: File

South African Airways has restored its convenient service to Perth in Australia after a four-year hiatus.

The inaugural flight, SA 280, operated by an Airbus A 340-300 aircraft, took off at 21.26 on 28 April.

Passengers flying on the relaunched Perth service were treated to some festivities at check-in.


This is good news for South Africans with family members in Perth or for Perth’s SA expats wishing to visit South Africa.

South African Airways has reintroduced year-round direct flights between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport and Perth.

This service is convenient for South Africans and indeed all travellers flying between the cities.  

Moreover, the restarted route comes after a lengthy absence of direct flights between the two cities.


South African Airways ceased all scheduled flights in March 2020, at the onset of national lockdown.

Nonetheless, after exiting business rescue, the airline restarted scheduled flights on a handful of domestic and regional African routes.


South African Airways was the only carrier operating scheduled services to Perth before it terminated all flights in March 2020.

However, Australia’s flag carrier, Qantas, restarted flights between Sydney and Johannesburg.


The Perth route is the second relaunched intercontinental route for South African Airways.

Last year, the airline resumed flights to Sao Paulo in Brazil from both Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Chair of the airline’s board of directors, Derek Hanekom, said that these flights are already proving profitable.

Furthermore, Hanekom said that flights to Perth were also ‘looking good’ in a televised interview.  


The Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) is also proud to see the restart of the Perth route.

Acsa’s CEO, Mpumi Mpofu, is pleased with the resumed route between Johannesburg and Perth.

Ultimately, the relaunched route marks a significant milestone in Acsa’s recovery journey.

Mpofu added that collaboration is key. Acsa supports South African Airways’ return to profitable routes.