New Qantas triple treat for Brisbane

Brisbane Airport today welcomed three route announcements from Qantas which will boost Queensland's connectivity and will fully restore one of Brisbane’s most important tourism markets. 

Qantas today revealed: 

  • a new route from Brisbane to Wellington, NZ from 29 October  
  • a new route from Brisbane to Honiara, Solomon Islands from 29 October 
  • The current Brisbane to Tokyo service will grow from 3 times per week to daily from 26 November and operate from Narita Airport instead of Haneda Airport. 

Capacity between Brisbane and Tokyo is currently at 43% of pre-Covid levels but will jump to 100% when the services grow to daily flights. Japan was our 6th largest source for inbound tourists before the pandemic, now it is ranked 13th

“The Japanese market is very important for Queensland and this expansion by Qantas will not only mean tourists for Brisbane but also the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, with 75% of the state’s international visitors arriving via BNE” according to Ryan Both, Executive General Manager of Aviation at Brisbane Airport. 

The addition of new services to Wellington and Honiara further builds Brisbane reputation as Australia’s most connected port to the Southwest Pacific.  

Qantas will use E190 aircraft when the fresh services launch in October. 

“Qantas has shown innovation here with its fleet of E190 aircraft providing an excellent premium product and it’s great to see these jets used on the new services from BNE.” 

The flights add to Brisbane Airport’s list of upcoming new services which include the launch of Air Vanuatu’s flights to the paradise of Espiritu Santo on 8 June. 

A week later, Vietjet launches Queensland’s first non-stop service to Vietnam with flights to Ho Chi Minh City commencing on 16 June.  

“When Brisbane Airport is busy, Queensland is busy. So this is great news for jobs in tourism from the Gold Coast to Cairns and west to Longreach. When tourists land in Brisbane they can connect to 52 destinations. That’s more domestic connectivity than any other airport in Australia.” 

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