Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia have commenced a new strategic partnership overnight spanning 49 markets across Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
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.
For the first time in its history, Brisbane Airport has registered more than 20 million international and domestic passengers travelling through its facilities in the July to June FY period. The record number of passengers equates to a year-on-year growth of 5.4 percent despite several natural disasters affecting global travel and tourism in recent months.
Brisbane Airport has managed to achieve growth through the tumultuous start of the year, with passenger numbers up 1.1% in the domestic market over February.