IT’S a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s, well yes, it is a plane but for the Aussie travel industry the increased air activity in recent months has certainly been a welcome sight for sore and lonely eyes. Among the positivity was news last month that Qatar Airways has started flying daily to Brisbane from Doha.

The decision by the carrier was made on the back of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Australia and Qatar, which allows the airline a larger seat capacity on routes between the Qatari capital and the cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

Under the agreement, Qatar Airlines can now fly up to 21 weekly services, with Brisbane seeing a significant ramp up in services and the recruitment of local sales staff to support the expansion in the Sunshine State.