Sky News Business Editor Ross Greenwood says Qantas CEO Alan Joyce is prepared for a fight with Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan.
Non-stop flights between Perth and London may never be reintroduced with Qantas weighing up whether to axe the route for good, citing Western Australia’s “conservative border policies”.
The airline is considering shifting the service to Darwin instead once Australia’s international border reopens as it now uses the city as the main entry point for repatriation flights.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce told Sky News Australia on Thursday he does not want to move operations from Perth to Darwin but the Australian flag carrier “has to look at alternatives” if WA keeps its border restrictions.
“Mark McGowan’s reacted very angrily and basically wants an apology from Alan Joyce,” Mr Greenwood said.
“If there is a risk of WA being locked down and he can’t stop his flights there, he is off to Darwin.
“It’s as simple as that.”