Perth Airport and the Western Australia State Government plan to travel to India during the week of 06-Aug-2018, seeking a direct India-Perth service (The West, 04-Aug-2018). Western Australia Tourism Minister Paul Papalia, Perth Airport CEO Kevin Brown and Tourism WA’s new aviation adviser Andrew McEvoy will travel to New Delhi and Mumbai for the meetings, which will mark the first time a Western Australian government has initiated talks with Indian airlines on establishing a direct route to Perth. Meetings will reportedly be held with Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and Vistara. Mr Papalia will also meet India’s Minister for Civil Aviation and Minister for Tourism. Mr Papalia stated: “A direct flight would unlock many opportunities between India and WA – especially in tourism and international education… The number of Indian visitors to the State has been growing at an annual average of 16.9 per cent over the past three years, and there are also more international students from India than from any other country undertaking tertiary studies in Perth”.