Aloha! Hawaiian Airlines expands Brisbane service

9 Jan 2013 3:35 PMJann Stuckey

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

In another boost to Queensland’s tourism industry, Hawaiian Airlines has scheduled an additional 18 flights between Brisbane and Honolulu on top of its current services which started in November.

Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Minister Jann Stuckey said the extra flights would operate between March and May and were a result of strong demand for the new route.

“I had the pleasure of welcoming Hawaiian Airlines to Brisbane in November and it’s great to see the positive response to these flights,” Ms Stuckey said.

“This route opens up Brisbane to much of mainland America, giving tourists from San Francisco, Las Vegas, Seattle, Sacramento and Phoenix an easy path to Queensland.

“We know aviation access is vital to increasing visitor numbers and that’s why the Newman Government has invested $8 million in the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund.”

Hawaiian Airlines is the only US airline to operate flights to Brisbane, with the current service operating three times a week, providing 41,000 seats annually.

Ms Stuckey said the additional flights would add an extra 4,700 seats, with nine services to operate in March, five in April and four in May.

“The latest International Visitor Survey shows the number of visitors from the US to Queensland is increasing and these services will provide another option for tourists, particularly those in North America, to holiday in Queensland,” she said.

“Tourism in one of the four pillars of our economy and the scheduling of these additional flights provides a really positive start to the year for our industry.”

[ENDS] 8 January 2013