• London to Perth flights are marginal on fuel range, where's the alternative airport if Perth is suddenly closed. They have only 900 Km reserve, the nearest runway is 1100 km away! 

  • Darwin would have been a more suitable hub for east coast passengers. A shorter distance from ADL, MEL, SYD & BNE to LHR, therefore less travel time, less fuel used.  

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