Increased flights improve Brisbane’s global connectivity

Brisbane is a major player in the Asia-Pacific region and continues to grow as we are recognised globally as a New World City, according to Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk following the announcement of additional direct flights between Brisbane and Shanghai.

Direct flights between Brisbane and Shanghai commenced in December 2016, with Chinese airline China Eastern Airlines offering four weekly flights between the two cities. The service has become so popular that China Eastern Airlines will now offer the service daily, with the additional flights bringing more than 120,000 new visitors to Brisbane over the next four years.

Brisbane Airport

“Brisbane already welcomes 217,000 visitors from China each year and we’re delighted China Eastern Airlines is opening more direct access from Shanghai,” Cnr Quirk said.

The increase in flights between Brisbane and Shanghai follows the announcement that Hainan Airlines will commence twice-weekly direct flights between Brisbane and Shenzhen later this month.

“Increased air capacity means extra investors, international students and tourists to Brisbane, which will continue to boost our strong economy and create new jobs right across the city.”

Photo by Greg Sullavan

These new flights correspond with a recent surge in direct flights between Brisbane and other major cities around the world. In late 2015, QANTAS commenced direct flights between Brisbane and Tokyo, capitalising on increased interest in travel between Australia and Japan. Air Canada began direct daily flights between Vancouver and Brisbane in 2016.

Corresponding visitor data suggests the new flights have been a success. Brisbane experienced an increase in visitors from Japan last year of 9%, and holiday visitors were up 22.9% over the previous year. Canadian holiday visitors to Brisbane increased 42.1% from last year, with all visitors from Canada increasing 27.1%.

The number of direct flights for Brisbane will continue to grow into the future following the announcement that QANTAS will base half of their new ultra-long-range Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner fleet in Brisbane. Several major cities in North America will now be a direct flight away from Brisbane, providing new opportunities for the tourism and business sectors.

Brisbane’s credentials as a destination of choice for airlines around the world was further heightened with the announcement it would host more than 1000 airline, airport and tourism delegates from 100 countries for Routes Asia 2018, the leading aviation route development forum for Asia.

With increasing direct flights now and into the future, more people around the world see Brisbane as a destination of choice for their business and holiday needs.