Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has welcomed the announcement by Emirates that it will add a third daily return flight between Dubai and Brisbane from 1 December 2017 on top of its existing Brisbane flights.
The direct service, to be operated on a B777-200LR aircraft with eight seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 216 in Economy Class, will increase capacity on the route by 3,724 seats a week, inbound and outbound beteen Brisbane and Emirates’ hub Dubai.
This will provide Australian passengers a seamless connection to Emirates’ global route network including destinations in Croatia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
For inbound passengers, Emirates’ partnership with Qantas gives travellers the option of connecting to all regional and major cities in Australia, including the popular Queensland regions of Tropical North Queensland, the Whitsundays and the iconic Great Barrier Reef, further underpinning Brisbane as the most connected airport in Australia.
Julieanne Alroe Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and Managing Director welcomed Emirates’ decision to increase flights into Brisbane, applauding the airline for its ongoing commitment to the people of Queensland.
“More and more international travellers are choosing Brisbane as their main port of entry into Australia and Emirates’ third daily flight will certainly help meet the increased demand created by this influx.
“Importantly, three times daily direct flights will help further stimulate international travel between Queensland and Dubai Airport, a global hub which holds the title of being the busiest airport in the world, welcoming more than 83 million passengers last year.
“As a premium carrier, Emirates also brings into Queensland international visitors seeking unique and high-end experiences and products, allowing tourism, business and service providers to tap into an affluent visitor market.
“Indeed every new international flight into Brisbane injects millions of dollars into our economy and it’s not just South East Queensland that benefits as visitors often connect onto other popular intra and interstate destinations, as well as visiting local hot spots like the Gold and Sunshine Coasts,” Ms Alroe said.
“I’d like to congratulate and thank the Emirates team for its ongoing and significant commitment to Brisbane and Queensland,” Ms Alroe added.
The third daily Emirates’ service between Brisbane and Dubai will depart BNE at 10.25pm each day, arriving in Dubai at 7.00am the following morning. The inbound flight will depart Dubai at 10pm, arriving in Brisbane at 6.15pm.
The move comes as Brisbane Airport achieved a staggering 15.8% increase in international passengers for April (year on year). The 65,800 extra passengers brings the monthly total to more than 482,000 international passengers. Brisbane Airport’s financial year to date international passenger total is 6.5 percent above the same time last year, which equates to more than 4.7 million passengers.