Up until now journeys from Ireland - or anywhere else in Europe - have consisted of long-haul jaunts that included one or two stopovers en route, usually one in Europe and another in Asia.

From 2018, Qantas will operate a direct route from London to Perth on the west coast of Australia; the route will be one of the longest in the world and also marks itself as the first non-stop route to operate between Europe and the Australian continent.

Previously, Australia ranked up there with most of Africa and South America in terms of being hard to reach by air, now with a direct 17-hour flight from London, the route takes up to ten hours off the journey time.

"This is a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft," Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said in a statement. "Australians have never had a direct link to Europe before, so the opportunities this opens up are huge."

The benefits apply both ways with trips for Irish citizens to Oz now far more accessible. Previously, Australia ranked up there with most of Africa and South America in terms of being hard to reach by air, now with a direct 17-hour flight from London, the route takes up to ten hours off the journey time.

It also opens up a whole new area of Australia, wit the east coast cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane the go-to destinations, Perth can now be used as a gateway to the far less explored expanses of Western Australia.

Where else needs attention in terms of new flights?

As mentioned there are still areas that need more flights out of Europe to make those regions accessible. Europe and North America, and also large swathes of Asia have superb flight connections; however, Africa remains the great untapped giant in terms of air travel. Bar the major travel destinations such as South Africa, Kenya and Mauritius, the continent is still incredibly hard to reach; the demand is clearly the issue, can airlines take risks on bringing in more flights to less visited regions. South America is in a similar situation, and the result is that flights to both regions remain high. The untapped potential is huge and with airlines in the bracket of Wow Air making low-cost flights from Europe to the US available, there is every possibility the underexlored route destinations in the southern hemisphere will become more unlocked over the coming years.