mariner wrote:I guess I'm missing your point, because that's always been true. Anyone from Perth who wants to get to Liverpool can fly PER-DXB-MAN and drive or get the train from there. I don't think anyone flies MAN-LPL, so it will continue to be true, this new flight doesn't change anything for them. It is also possible that a fair number of those VFR pax going to the north will still fly into LHR because they want to experience London at one end of their trip or the other.
My family lives in the south of England - Portsmouth/Southampton area - and on my most recent trip I avoided LHR altogether by flying into CGD, getting Eurostar to Kent and driving from there. I don't go back often and I wanted to experience some of the English countryside along the way. But I still went up to London (train) from my sister's house for the experience of London, which, for someone who lives in the New Zealand wood-woop, is extraordinary. AKL-PER-LHR doesn't change much for me, but I may - may - still use it if I go back again because I have to stop somewhere, so why not PER?
There remains the vast number of people who, no matter where they from in the UK or the families they are visiting live in the UK, fly into LHR and I assume that the efficient Qantas has studied those traffic patterns.
I may have been a little confusing. My point is that redroo posted that there should be enough demand because there is a lot of people in Perth that come from the UK. The one benefit that a lot of people have been posting is that the direct flight avoids the transfer in Dubai, but this is only true if people has LHR as their closest airport. If they still have either another flight or a trip via car or train it adds to their total journey.
I was just trying to point out that while there may be a lot of people in Perth originally from the UK or with family from the UK, not all of them would prefer LHR as their closest or most convenient airport. There will be demand I am sure, but how many remains to be seen.
I do agree that there will also be people that will use London as a stopover for a break away, even if they are visiting family further away. You would guess that many people could just as easily use Dubai as a stopover as well in that case.