Qantas has resumed its nonstop route between Brisbane and Los Angeles for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The flag carrier operates a five times weekly service between the two cities using an A330-200, with flights departing Brisbane at 1000 and returning from LAX at 1020.
In July last year, Brisbane Airport CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff warned that Australia was at risk of being “left behind” by the international aviation sector.
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But speaking on the relaunch of US services from the airport, he said the return of flights to LAX was “another important step in restoring and growing Queensland’s direct connections to the world”.
“Being able to reconnect with the West Coast of America after 24 long months is incredible news for Queensland, and I am confident that pent-up demand for travel, back and forth, will see these services fill up quickly,” said De Graaff.
“California is the largest out-of-state source market for US visitors to Australia. These services will allow US visitors to begin their Australian trip in Brisbane before taking advantage of BNE’s extensive domestic network to visit the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays or other interstate destinations.
“Easy road connections between the BNE and the Gold and Sun Coasts also make it the ideal Australian entry point for American travellers.
“Qantas’ longstanding commitment to the state has always reflected its origins as a Queensland airline.
“Before the pandemic, plans were well advanced on direct services to San Francisco and Chicago. We hope to see these plans become a reality once again later this year. BAC looks forward to working with Qantas and Team Queensland to achieve this.
Brisbane Airport last month welcomed Emirates’ A380 for the first time in nearly three years, with the superjumbo replacing the carrier’s B777 on daily service.
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