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New date for WA reopening to be announced “this month”

Western Australia premier Mark McGowan has promised a new date for the state’s border reopening will be announced “this month”.



McGowan wants more of his population boosted before borders reopen, 7 News reported. 


“By the time we reopen the interstate and international borders, we’ll be one of the highest vaccinated places in the world with one of the safest populations in the world, which is a great thing,” McGowan told reporters.


But the “ongoing uncertainty” of the WA border reopening has forced Qantas to extend its popular Kangaroo Route to London via Darwin instead of Perth. 


Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the support of the NT Government made it possible for Qantas to relaunch the key Australian–UK route and the extension provides the Northern Territory with the added bonus of capitalising on pent-up international inbound travel demand.


“The work of the Chief Minister and his team, and the cooperation of Darwin Airport, have made running and now extending this service possible. Because of their help, flying between Australia and London has been a lot easier than it might have been otherwise,” Joyce said.


“This extension through to at least mid-June means the Top End has several months to properly leverage the opening up of Australia’s borders to all tourists. 


“It’s a great opportunity to encourage thousands of visitors to stop off in Darwin to see what the NT has to offer.”


Joyce recently said Western Australia’s hard border divided the country "a bit like Korea is divided", the ABC reported. 


“And it feels like we have a part that is like North Korea, that is very restricted in parts of what the people can do in terms of travel,” he said.


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Published: 16 February 2022

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