MALAYSIA Airlines has announced that they will be flying between Kuala Lumpur and Brisbane four times a week, giving travellers another way to come and experience the sunshine state!
It comes after the airline axed their services in Brisbane just over two years ago.
Innovation and Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said a consortium led by Tourism and Events Queensland and including Tourism Australia and Brisbane Airport Corporation secured the flights, which are forecast to bring more than 60,000 additional tourists to Queensland each year.
“These flights will open a gateway for thousands of travellers to come to Queensland and experience the Great Barrier Reef, our world-heritage listed rainforests, our iconic beaches and the Outback,” Ms Jones said.
Federal Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo also welcomed the additional route.
“It’s great to see this service has been reinstated, as a key aviation priority for us for some time,” Minister Ciobo said.
“Malaysia is one of our key international tourism markets, and Malaysian travellers spent $137 million more in Australia in the year to September, totalling $1.4 billion, an increase of 11 per cent.
Brisbane Airport Corporation Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe said Malaysia Airlines’ return is great news for the whole of Queensland.
“Via Kuala Lumpur passengers will have access to Malaysia Airlines’ extensive network including India, South East Asia and the UK.
“All in all, it is another significant step for the city and state in positioning Brisbane as a major Asia Pacific centre and the future gateway to Australia.”
Tickets for the new route are already on sale, with Malaysia Airlines expected to begin flying between Kuala Lumpur and Brisbane in April this year.