From 24 March 2018, Qantas international flights will move from Terminal 1 (T1) to Terminals 3 and 4 (T3/T4) at Perth Airport.
The integrated Perth T3/T4 hub will include all of Qantas’ international and domestic flights and is physically separated from T1 by a 15 minute drive.
No airside transfers are available and passengers switching between terminals will be required to transit via shuttle bus or other means.
What does this mean for international transiting passengers?
Passengers connecting between a Qantas flight and flights operated by other international airlines will need to obtain a visa or electronic travel authority (ETA) prior to arriving in Australia to move between terminals.
Eg - International passengers travelling on non-Qantas flights from Auckland-Perth and connecting onto Qantas' Perth-London service will require an Australian visa due to the distance between T1 and T3/T4. Upon arrival at T1, connecting passengers will need to collect baggage and proceed through immigration and customs before exiting the terminal.
Passengers can then take a Perth Airport shuttle bus from T1 to T3/T4 for their Qantas international flight and vice versa.
International passengers travelling on connecting flights via Perth, which include one international flight operated by Qantas and one international flight on another airline, must obtain a visa or ETA prior to travel.
Previously, certain nationalities have been eligible to transit through Australia without a visa if their international connecting flight is in less than eight hours. These passengers will now be required to enter Australia and need a visa.
The change will not impact domestic passengers or international passengers who would typically obtain a transit visa to pass through Australia. The holding of a transit visa will allow these passengers to enter Australia at T1 and proceed to T3/T4 for their connection without any additional requirements.
Integrated T3 and T4 terminals
The integrated domestic and international passenger hub in the Perth T3/T4 precinct will feature a streamlined immigration and customs area for a faster transfer experience for Qantas passengers. The facilities will open in time for the launch of the inaugural non-stop services between Perth and London.