Etihad Airways is starting a three flights-a-week service in September to the Australian city of Brisbane.
UK guests will be able to travel from its UK departure points London Heathrow and Manchester, via the airline’s hub in Abu Dhabi, and another of its new destinations, Singapore.
Brisbane, the capital of the state of Queensland and home to the world-famous Gold Coast, will be Etihad’s second destination in Australia following the highly successful Sydney route which started in March.
The Brisbane flights will provide business and leisure travellers with a frequent service to Australia’s third biggest city.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said: “Since the launch of our Abu Dhabi to Sydney service, we have been eager to expand our Australia operations even further and Brisbane is the ideal destination to add to our flight network.”
The UK is one of the biggest international visiting markets in to Brisbane, accounting for 17% of overseas visitors according to recent figures*.
Margaret Keech, Queensland’s minister for tourism, said: “Australia’s cultural diversity ensures that it is an ideal holiday and business destination. Furthermore, not only is Brisbane the perfect launch point for visiting Queensland’s spectacular coastline and countryside, it is also one of the world’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities.”
Etihad will operate a two cabin Airbus A330-200 between Abu Dhabi and Brisbane configured to carry 262 passengers, with 22 in business class and 240 in economy. The stopover time in Abu Dhabi is two and a half hours in both directions.
Etihad was recently named ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline,’ ‘Middle East’s Leading First Class Airline’ and ‘Middle East’s Leading Airline Website’ at the inaugural regional World Travel Awards, Middle East & Africa ceremony, that took place at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.
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