The annual Routes Asia air service development forum was officially handed over to the Australian city of Brisbane earlier at a ceremony in Okinawa, Japan. Routes Asia brings together airlines, airports, tourism authorities and governments to plan new flights and increase existing services.
The revitalised Darling Harbour precinct, including International Convention Centre Sydney, has formally opened to the public at the Celebrate Darling Harbour event, designed to give Sydneysiders a taste of the vibrant new city hub. Visitors were invited to enjoy a parade of musical acts, including Grammy Award winner KIMBRA, and get a glimpse of Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue.
Qantas is set to add to its list of aviation firsts, with the national carrier confirming it will operate non-stop flights from London to Perth using the 787-9 Dreamliner. The 14,498-kilometre service will be the first regular passenger service to directly link Europe to Australia when it begins in March 2018.
LATAM Airlines Group has announced it will operate a new, non-stop service between Santiago and Melbourne, Australia, from October 2017. The westbound Santiago-Melbourne leg – measuring more than 11,000 kilometres in distance with a flight time of approximately 15 hours – will become the longest non-stop flight in LATAM´s history.
This summer more than ten million overnight and day trip visitors are expected to visit Sydney to make the most of the warm weather, world famous beaches, globally recognised icons, first class dining scene and calendar of events. Over the six month period of October – March Sydney will receive 18 million visitors, with ten million of these expected to visit during summer.
Josef Burger, chief executive of Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel, talks to Breaking Travel News during preparations for the 2016 World Ski Awards Gala Ceremony. Speaking from the famous starters hut at the top of the Hahnenkamm race course, he tells Breaking Travel News about the significance of the ski season to the destination, how the organisation continues to drive visitor numbers ever higher, and what his hopes are for the winter ahead.
Air China has announced direct service between Melbourne and Shenzhen, to begin on January 10th next year. The service CA767/768 will operate four times per week with evening departures on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Plans have been unveiled for a hotel with direct links to domestic and international check-in areas to be built at Adelaide Airport in South Australia. Event Hospitality & Entertainment has reached agreement with Adelaide Airport to develop and operate a seven-storey, 165-room hotel within the Adelaide Airport precinct.
Four people have been killed in an accident at the Dreamworld theme park in Australia. Two men and two women died in the Thunder River Rapids ride at the attraction, the largest theme-park in Australia.
Etihad Airways will add three weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Sydney to operate a double-daily schedule from February 6th, 2017. The morning departure from Abu Dhabi – EY450 – and the afternoon departure from Sydney – EY451 – will increase from four to seven flights per week This enhancement to the airline’s Sydney schedule comes with the move by strategic partner Virgin Australia to shift its Australia to Abu Dhabi operation from Sydney to Perth from June 9th, 2017.
Singapore Airlines has launched its new ‘Capital Express’ service, linking Singapore for the first time with the capital cities of both Australia and New Zealand. The inaugural flight, SQ291, departed Singapore Changi Airport at 23:00 last night and arrived at Canberra Airport at 08:15 local time this morning.
Meriton Serviced Apartments has opened the doors in Southport to their newest Queensland resort-style hotel today. At an impressive 55 levels high, Meriton Serviced Apartments on Como Crescent opened as Southport’s tallest building and the Gold Coast’s newest hotel. This iconic, modern building can be seen from kilometres away.