New international flights from Brisbane promise economic benefit

Qantas has announced two new direct flights, to help bring tourists direct to the sunshine state, and boom our tourism industry.

The Australian airline will start non-stop flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco from April next year, under a deal secured by the Palaszczuk Government.

The flights between Brisbane and Chicago will operate four times a week, while the San Francisco service will operate three times a week.


Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says between the two new routes, more than $150 million will be pumped into the Queensland economy over the next three years.

“As the world’s largest economy, the United States offers enormous potential for inbound tourism to Queensland.

“The launch of flights to San Francisco, and for the first time in the Qantas network Chicago, represents a great opportunity for Queensland, one that is forecast to support more than 1,700 jobs over the next three years,” Premier Palaszczuk said.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the launch of 787 flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco would be a win for customers and tourism.

“This is fantastic news for Queensland. It demonstrates the confidence that we have in the local tourism industry and our commitment to the Sunshine State.

“This will give Qantas and American Airlines customers unprecedented access. These flights will make it one stop from Chicago to Hamilton Island or San Francisco to Townsville.

“These new services will connect both Australian business travellers and holidaymakers with key centres of commerce, industry and culture in the United States,” Mr Joyce said.