New flights further boost tourism and mining sectors

26 Feb 2013 2:37 PMJann Stuckey

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Queensland’s tourism and mining sectors have been further boosted by Virgin Australia’s announcement that it will commence flights between Brisbane and Bundaberg, and Brisbane and Moranbah.

Virgin Australia also announced increased capacity on its Brisbane to Perth route with the use of the new wide-body Airbus A330.

Premier Campbell Newman welcomed the new flights and thanked Virgin Australia for its commitment to Queensland.

“Virgin Australia’s decision to increase flights and capacity in Queensland will continue to drive growth in our tourism and mining sectors,” Mr Newman said.

“On behalf of the Queensland Government, I thank Virgin Australia for its continued investment in regional Queensland.

“This will be great news for the people of Bundaberg who have suffered so much in recent weeks.

“Increased flights into Moranbah will also provide significant benefit for the local community and mining workforce that commute to the area.”

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said a key reason for the recent growth in the Queensland tourism industry was the ability of the Newman Government to attract new flights.

“The Newman Government has worked extremely hard to secure additional flights to Queensland from both domestic and international airlines,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Qantas, Etihad, China Eastern Airlines, Hawaiian and now Virgin Australia have all added new flights to Queensland over the past four months.

“Today’s announcement is more good news for Queensland’s tourism industry.”

Flights between Brisbane and Moranbah will commence on 2 April.  Flights between Brisbane and Bundaberg will commence on 4 May.  The Airbus A330 will be used on select flights between Brisbane and Perth from 15 May.

[ENDS] 26 February 2013