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Aussie routes so sweet for Air Canada

International tourism in and out of Queensland is taking off, buoyed by significant government funding in aviation.

AIR Canada has responded to strong demand in the Queensland market by boosting the number of seats on its Brisbane-Vancouver service by 34% in the 2023/24 northern winter season. From Nov the airline will introduce the 400-seat Boeing 777-300ER, operating the route five times a week in Nov and daily from Dec to Mar, replacing the current 298-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The Sydney-Vancouver service will be increased, with the daily 12pm departure supplemented by three additional 4pm flights per week between Dec 2023 and Jan 2024.

Air Canada is also expanding its seasonal Auckland-Vancouver service, using a 787-9 Dreamliner. Flights will operate three times a week during Nov but increase to a record five times per week from Dec – a 20% rise in capacity on the 2022/23 season.

The Canadian Government has allocated CAD$1.8 billion over five years to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority to support new international flight services in a bid to recover international visitor numbers.

Meanwhile, the Queensland Government has achieved great success with its campaign to bring more capacity into the State. The Palaszczuk Government has landed at least 17 new or restarted international flight services, using the $200m Attracting Aviation Investment Fund.

Among this year’s wins are Jetstar’s direct flights into Brisbane from Auckland four days per week, Air New Zealand’s two additional weekly flights from Auckland to the Gold Coast, Korean Air’s five weekly flights to Brisbane beginning in April, and Virgin Australia’s new daily return service between Cairns and Tokyo (Haneda), starting 28 June 2023.

The Palaszczuk Government’s partnerships with Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Cairns international airports have also secured the restart of EVA Air’s four flights per week from Taipei to Brisbane, increasing to five flights in the second year, and six weekly services by the third year. Philippines Air will grow to five flights per week over two years from Manila to Brisbane.

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